Mitt Romney Thinks He Can Just "Get Rid" Of Planned Parenthood (Which He Can't) -- And New York Dems Are Pissed!
One of those worked up over Romney's comments is Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the New York Democratic Party.
Before we get to Jacobs, have a look below at what Romney said during a radio interview on KSDK in Missouri when asked yesterday about how he would determine which programs will lose federal funding:
My test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for? And on that basis, of course you get rid of Obamacare. That's the easy one. But there are others. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. There's a subsidy for Amtrak. I would eliminate that. National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities. Both excellent programs but we just can't afford to borrow money to pay for those things.
Again, even if he is elected president, Romney will have about as much power to "get rid" of Planned Parenthood as he does as a presidential candidate, which is precisely none.
What he means is he wants to cut federal funding for the organization -- Planed Parenthood is private, and not even the president of the United States can just wave a magic wand and get rid of it (although, cutting the organization's federal funding would be devastating -- about a third of its budget comes from government grants), even if that's what a President Romney would want to do.
Obviously, Romney knows he can't just get rid of Planned Parenthood, but "I want to get rid of Planned Parenthood" is much better sound bite when trying to appeal to the far-right-wingers, who are the folks GOP presidential candidates are trying to woo in these last stages of the Republican primary.
In any event, Jacobs seems to agree that Romney is using Planned Parenthood to kowtow to the far right.
Below is a statement Jacobs sent out a few hours ago calling Romney out on his BS:
"Mitt Romney has once again shown there are no limits to what he will say to pander to the extreme far right wing of the Republican Party - even offering to put the health care of millions of American women at risk if it means scoring a few cheap points with his party's base." Chairman Jay Jacobs said. "Since supporting the Blunt Amendment, Mississippi's personhood bill and flip flopping on abortion rights aren't helping Mitt Romney close the deal with his party's base, Mitt Romney has now decided to try an even more extreme and desperate strategy by promising to get rid of a 95-year old organization that one in five American women has depended on for health care services. "Mitt Romney just doesn't get it. America's women aren't interested in being pawns in his quest to pander his way to the Republican Party nomination for President. It's bad for women, bad for America, and isn't going to help him wrap up the nomination any time soon."