Romney Advisor: Women’s Issues Just ‘Shiny Objects’ (Video)

The Romney campaign may want senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom to stop talking. The man who gave the 2012 campaign “Etch-a-Sketch” strategy has now declared that issues that affect women are simply “shiny objects” that distract voters from more important topics.

Appearing on This Week With George Stephanopolus, Fehrnstrom said, “Mitt Romney is pro-life. He’ll govern as a pro-life president,†but youíre going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract peopleís attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election.”

That will be news not only to the women who have been fighting against abortion restrictions, but to Republicans themselves. Since gaining power in 2011, Republicans across the country have†pushed a rash of draconian anti-choice restrictions, including attempting to ban sex-selective abortion restrictions in just the last week.

Romney himself repeatedly has hit on social themes in the election,†blasting President Barack Obama for requiring employers to provide birth control as part of preventative coverage — despite having done the same as governor of Massachusetts.

Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter reacted with incredulity to the statement.

“If itís not a social issue election then why did Mitt Romney just spend the last year campaigning on social issues?” Cutter asked. “These are his positions that heís taken. Whether itís giving bosses control over whether female employees can get contraception, being for the so-called personhood amendment that would ban all forms of abortion or telling the American people that heíll get back to them on whether he supports Lilly Ledbetter, which is an economic issue and it should be a no-brainer, but the governor couldnít even bring himself to be for that.”

Perhaps most galling is the idea that issues like abortion, fair pay and equal rights are just “shiny objects.” The girl turned away from an Oklahoma hospital after being raped was not a shiny object; she was a hurt, scared person who just wanted to get medical treatment. That care might have included emergency contraception, though, and thanks to so-called “conscience” laws, doctors who don’t believe in birth control don’t have to treat patients.

For the tens of millions of American women who have had abortions, and the hundreds of millions of American men and women who have used contraception, the right to access health services is not a distraction. It is a core right, one as basic as the right to free speech, or freedom of religion. Those aren’t distractions. They’re vital.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

Any republican candidate that are pro-choice and pro marriage equality won't stand a chance getting elected because he/she won't get any support from the neanderthal majority of the GOP!

Lauren B.

I'm exhausted by this campaign already! Spin, spin, spin; lies and more lies; distortions; big talk and general nonsense. The whole thing is repulsive and terrifying. Romney could get elected on spin alone! And if nothing else at least we now have an intelligent, dignified president who does not demonstrate that he's a fool at every opportunity. Whose relationship with his intelligent, strong wife who seems to be his best friend shows that his words about women are not spin...I don't agree with everything Obama does, but the alternatives make my blood freeze.

Judith Hand
Judith Hand5 years ago

Economy itself is a social issue in that it involves society. So, sure, let's get away from the social issues in the campaign for a bit and look at Mr. Romney's record as Governor of Massachusetts.

Marg Wood
Marg W5 years ago

When will this stupidity end? Fehrnstrom and Romney are both Morons!!!

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks =]

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

we are dealing with the economy that.... hello....Bush created! He left the bathroom, and didn't open the window.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Funny how the attacks on women's rights are coming from his party and somehow he gets it all mixed up and blames Obama. I guess that works for fox news watchers....

A N M.
anne M5 years ago

Any woman who votes for Romney is obviously just a masochistic nutcase. Obama is certainly no prize but why anybody would vote for Romney is beyond my comprehension. He's not just anti-women, he's basically against anybody who's not a multibillionaire. It's about high time his supporter recognize their own station in life. Romney is mostly supported by trailer park trash the man won't give the time of day once they cast their votes for him. Just how stupid are these tea party people anyway?

Georgia Armstrong
Georgia a5 years ago

I plan on voting for Romney - and holding my breath he turns out to be a halfway decent President - only because I dislike President Obama so badly. The things he has done to this country are shameful. But as for Eric Fehrnstrom, he can kiss my shiny ass. I am not sure when this "war on women" began, but it's high time it stops. We are approximately half of the population and the men need to soon realize that. If all the women put their mind to it, and it can be done, we can put a hurting on the men in political ways they don't even want to think about.

Beth H.
Beth Hyde-smith5 years ago

Please, the right to contraception is far more important than the right to free speech, And no. No, of course it isn't a 'shiny object'. For one thing, calling something intangible an 'object' shows a basic misunderstanding of... what, grade three science? For another, how can something intangible possibly be shiny? And lastly, THE METAPHOR IS STUPID!