Romney Promising `More Jobs,’ Obama Backing Planned Parenthood

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Mitt Romney during his first campaign rally since arriving back from his overseas trip, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado, on August 2, 2012.

It hasn’t taken Mitt Romney long to take the latest report on jobs to the air — unemployment inching up to 8.3 percent again in July, while 163,000 more jobs were created.

“In July unemployment went up again,” Romney’s ad says. “Under Obama’s economy, it’s just not getting better.”

“Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class,” the ad explains. “Under the Romney plan, more jobs and more take-home pay. It’s a plan that works for America.”

This may not set the record for a campaign promise with the least detail — and it takes the latest report on unemployment in only one light (Romney called Friday’s report a ``hammer blow,” much like the “kick in the gut” of the June report of 8.2 percent unemployment). The gain in jobs, however, does represent the biggest gain since February, and also represents more than two years of consecutive months of job growth.

More jobs and more take-home pay?

It takes Romney’s campaign Web-site to explain how he gets there:

By  increasing access to domestic energy resources, streamlining permitting, climate permitting destroying the coal industry, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, giving every family access to a great school and teachers, providing access to affording higher education, focusing on job training for valuable skills, attracting talent from around the works, curtailing unfair trade practices with nations like China, opening new markets for American goods, building stronger economic ties with Latin America, reducing non-security discretionary spending, capping federal spending below 20 percent of GDP, giving states responsibility for more programs, reducing taxes on job creation with individual and corporate tax reform, stopping red-tape regulation, protecting businesses from strong-arm labor tactics and replacing Obamacare with “real health reform that controls cost and improves care.”

Whew — presumably not all on “Day One,” as some of his other ads have promised about his plans for the presidency. (On Day Seven, we noted, Romney rests.)

Maybe in the “First 100 Days.”

It’s one of those cuts in discretionary spending that President Barack Obama’s latest ad is concentrating on, with a focus on women. The president holds a substantial advantage over Romney among  women, the polls show — a 56 percent to 37 percent edge in the latest Pew Research Center poll that portrayed an 11 point overall advantage for Obama (the two candidates split virtually evenly among men in a survey that also indicated increasing self-identification of Democrats among those surveyed).

“I think Mitt Romney’s really out of touch with the average women’s health issues,” one woman pictured in Obama’s ad says. “I don’t remember anyone as extreme as Mitt Romney.”

“This is not the 1950s,” says another woman suggesting that Romney doesn’t even understand the mindset of a woman who needs to go to Planned Parenthood for services.

The ad plays quick snippets of clips of Romney talking about cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood — “Planned Parenthood, gonna get rid of that.”

“I think Romney would definitely drag us back.” one woman says.

Romney has pledged to end federal funding for a group that administers health services for low-income women through Medicaid.   While taxpayer dollars cannot be spent on abortions, opponents of abortion rights maintain that money is money and anything supporting an organization is supporting all of its work.

Obama has spoken of this campaigning, too:  `Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea,” he told an audience in Portland on July 24. “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own healthcare choices.”

Planned Parenthood’s political arm endorsed Obama in May and attacked Romney for what it described as his “harmful positions on women’s health” in a $1.4 million ad campaign.

“President Obama and Planned Parenthood are not all about providing healthcare to women, but rather are concerned only with protecting Planned Parenthood’s role as largest abortion provider in nation,”  Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said the day after Obama’s appearance in Portland.

 

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