Mitt Romney: Getting Married Decreases Violence In America
9:30 am, October 17th | by Sarah Devlin
Many people had a good laugh about Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” analogy in last night’s debate, which was mostly harmless but also pretty silly. There was something else the governor said during the debate last night, however, something he mentioned only briefly but that gave me great pause.
It was during his response to a question asked by a town hall attendee about gun control (one of the few points last night where Obama and Romney found some common ground, both agreeing that assault weapons have no place on the streets). But Romney also had this to say about the “culture of violence” in America (italics are mine):
We need moms and dads helping to raise kids. Whenever possible, the benefit of two parents in the home — and that’s not always possible. [There are] a lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh, [we need] to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone. That’s a great idea. Because if it’s a two-parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically. The opportunitites that the child will be able to achieve increase dramatically. So we can make changes to the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence and give them opportunity [in order] to bring them in the American system.
Certainly, Governor Romney’s recognition of the positive impact of committed single parents is admirable, and I’d be willing to bet very few people grow up dreaming of being single fathers or mothers. I can appreciate the sentiment.
However. In a country where the most recent Bureau of Justice statistics have 636,770 women being abused by intimate partners per year (that’s 1744 per day, and if you factor in violence against men from intimate partners you get 2118 every day), perhaps the suggestion that ending the culture of violence starts by making young people think that marriage is the only option if they are going to have children is the wrong call. It was a brief moment, but a very bothersome one for me. What did you think? What did you like and dislike about last night’s debate? If you missed, it, you can see the whole thing via Mediaite.