Obama Ad Slams Romney Over Women’s Health: ‘This Is Not The 1950s’ [VIDEO]
6:45 pm, August 6th | by Amy Tennery
Women’s health took center stage during this campaign season — which makes it little surprise that the Obama camp would release a new campaign ad arguing that Mitt Romney is bad for women. What is unexpected however is just how tough the commercial is.
“I think Mitt Romney’s really out of touch with the average woman’s health issues,” says one woman at the beginning of the spot, in what is, in fact, one of the less-harsh criticisms in the commercial.
“This is not the 1950s,” another woman notes. Ouch.
Delivering the gut-punch — and, perhaps, straining the bounds of credulity — another woman says she doesn’t “remember anyone as extreme as Romney.” I get what she’s saying but I think good ol’ Aspirin Knees’ candidate was probably worse.
Drawing on Romney’s ill-famed assertion that he’d “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, another of the ad’s spokeswomen notes, “I don’t think Mitt Romney can even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to Planned Parenthood.” This seems a no-brainer but clearly was still worth mentioning.
All jokes aside, the ad is staggering on a number of levels: In an election season that’s proven wildly contention and ugly on women’s issues, this spot states plainly that Romney’s policies are bad for women’s health. It also allies itself directly with Planned Parenthood, a bold move, considering the widely held misconception that Planned Parenthood is an unscrupulous abortion mill (it’s not). Obama’s saying, essentially, “I’m good for women; this guy is bad.” If it weren’t clear just how divisive women’s healthcare was going to be this election cycle, this out to do the trick.
Watch for yourself: