As part of a book tour, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley visited ABC’s “The View” on Monday.
After being asked the statutory question about the Vice-Presidency — no, she doesn’t want to be on Mittens’ ticket — some softball questions and a hardball one about the Confederate flag, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the panel’s lone conservative, asked her about the contraception debate (aka The War On Women).
“Women don’t care about contraception,” Haley said, “they care about jobs and their families…”
The whole panel bristled. Joy Behar then said that women should care about contraception, to which Haley replied that “the media cares about contraception.” Haley then acknowledged that, yes, while women might care about contraception, they just want to be able to make those decisions themselves, without government involvement.
Watch the clip (via ABC/Mediate):
Haley’s final pivot to ‘no government involvement’ is interesting given how some Republican women have bought out of what is, indeed, a War On Women – one which is costing the GOP votes.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has said she regrets her vote for the Blunt Amendment, the bill that would allow any religious employer to object to contraception coverage and any other health care that he or she finds “morally objectionable.”
Haley’s comments suggests she wants to have it both ways, with a nod to GOP talking points, while claiming she supports non-government interference in women’s health.
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