Iowa Congressman Steve King (R) pointedly refused to say whether he believes contraception should be sold legally in the United States. King, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, criticized the seminal Supreme Court decision of Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a state ban on the sale of contraception.
As to whether he was “personally against” the sale of contraception, King said “I’ve not taken a position on the sale of contraceptives at all.”
Romney campaign surrogate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday that the GOP presidential nominee’s plan to label China a currency manipulator “on day one” of his administration is not good policy and that it will “hurt American business”:
RUBIO: I agree with Mitt Romney that China is a currency manipulator. I believe that a trade war is not the best way to approach it and I think that you label them a currency manipulator that’s what it may result. It will hurt American businesses. But I understand his frustration. We may have to do what governor Romney is saying. We may have to label them a currency manipulator but the ideal way to deal with it because we both have a lot to lose here. China has a lot to lose here too in a trade war. It wouldn’t be good for either one of our economies. So hopefully we can avoid that. It may come to that. But I hope we can avoid that.
A recent CAP report came to the same conclusion as Rubio:
Romney says he will label China a currency manipulator on Day 1 of his administration. But he does not say what he will do on Day 2. Declaring China a manipulator is a symbolically hostile gesture, coming as it would before he will have ever met or spoken to any Chinese leader. And yet what this designation requires is entering into talks with Beijing, made all the more difficult by the declaration itself. [...]
Not only is the approach needlessly antagonistic, it is also ineffective. The last thing China’s leaders will do is invite criticism from their own nationalist base by bowing to a hostile, unilateral American demand — even though a more appropriately valued currency will benefit the Chinese economy over the long run.
Rubio isn’t the first Republican to criticize Romney on China. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who has endorsed Romney for president and previously served as U.S. ambassador to China, called Romney’s China policy “wrongheaded” and “typical” campaign rhetoric.
Mitt Romney’s campaign won’t say if the GOP presidential candidate would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, but on Sunday Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — a top campaign surrogate — disparaged the measure as a giveaway to trail lawyers.
“I think that anyone who’s working out there and making a living, if you’re the most qualified person for the job, you should be able to get paid,” Rubio said. “You should get paid as much as your male counterpart, everyone agrees with that principle”:
RUBIO: But just because they call a piece of legislation an equal pay bill doesn’t make it so. In fact, much of this legislation is in many respects nothing but an effort to help trial lawyers collect their fees and file lawsuits, which may have nothing to do whatsoever to increasing pay equity in the workplace.
In 2009, Congress passed the measure, named after former Goodyear plant manager Lilly Ledbetter, to help ensure that women are not discriminated against in the workplace. After nearly 20 years of working at a plant in Alabama, Ledbetter found out she was being paid far less than her 15 male counterparts and sued. Eventually, the Supreme Court dismissed a jury award in her favor “because she had not initiated legal action within six months of the first instance of discrimination.”
Congress took up a bill to overturn the decision that workers must file a discrimination claim within 180 days of a pay violation, noting that many women don’t learn about the wage disparities for years.
The bill became the first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law. Romney claims to support pay equity, but won’t take a position on the legislation and has touted as model justices the four conservatives who voted against Lilly Ledbetter.
Paul Ryan made a smilar point earlier this week, telling CBS, “Lilly Ledbetter was not an equal pay law. It was about opening up the lawsuits and statute of limitations,” Ryan said. “It wasn’t an equal pay law, and of course, we support equal pay.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich compared Mitt Romney’s knee-jerk reaction to the Libya attacks on the night of September 11 to Ronald Reagan’s handling of the Iranian hostage crisis during the 1980 election, arguing that both men were right to highlight failures in foreign policy.
“I went Friday night to see Argo ,” Gingrich said, referring to a movie about the Iranian hostage crisis. “I was reminded in the Iranian hostage crisis runs 444 days. Should Ronald Reagan not have talked about it for 444 days? Th fact is we were in the middle of a mess in the Middle East, and the mess keeps evolving.” Watch it:
But Gingrich is re-writing history in both counts. Romney’s early statement criticizing the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the Obama administration for failing to condemn violence and “apologizing” for America was premature and misunderstood the basic sequence of events. The embassy issued its initial remarks in an effort to calm protesters and before witnessing any violence. It later retracted its statement and Obama administration officials repeatedly condemned the attackers.
Unlike Romney, Reagan did not accuse then-president Jimmy Carter of sympathizing with terrorists. Instead, during the Iranian hostage crisis, he called for national unity. “This is a difficult day for all of us Americans. … It is time for us…to stand united. It is a day for quiet reflection…when words should be few and confined essentially to our prayers,” he said. And while Reagan did criticize Carter’s foreign policy throughout the campaign, “he refrained from attacking the Iran issue during his debate with the president once he sealed the nomination.”
Missouri senate candidate Todd Akin, who withstood GOP pressure to drop his bid after suggesting that women don’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” recently compared his opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog. Akin made the remarks at a fundraiser in Springfield featuring supporter Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R):
“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know ‘fetch,’” Akin said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”
“It seems to me that she’s got it just backwards,” Akin added. “What we should be doing is taking the common sense that we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., blessing them with some solutions instead of more problems.”