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Romney’s Hypocrisy: ‘The Only Sex Education That’s Appropriate In Kindergarten Is No Sex Education’

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On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) attack ad against Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) that claims Obama wanted kindergarteners to be “learning about sex before learning to read.” The ad has been denounced by non-partisan fact-checking organizations as “simply false” and a “Pants on Fire” lie.

“The specific bill that Barack Obama voted for calls for sex education beginning as low as the kindergarten,” claimed Romney. Romney then declared that he and McCain both believe that “the only sex education that’s appropriate in kindergarten is no sex education”:

ROMNEY: Well, the specific bill that he, the specific bill that Barack Obama voted for calls for sex education beginning as low as the kindergarten and it includes in that bill language which says that each class is to learn about sexually transmitted diseases. And in my opinion, and John McCain and I share the same view, the only sex education that’s appropriate in kindergarten is no sex education.

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But Romney’s claims don’t match his own record on K-12 sex education. As ABC News pointed out recently, Massachusetts established a set of K-12 goals for the teaching of sex education prior to Romney’s term as governor. “Those standards remained in place” during his tenure and “he did not challenge them.”

Romney has also previously stated his support for “responsible, age-appropriate, factually accurate” sex education:

Planned Parenthood: Do you support the teaching of responsible, age-appropriate, factually accurate health and sexuality education, including information about both abstinence and contraception, in public schools?

Romney: Yes.

The bill cited by McCain, which Obama voted for in the Illinois State Senate, mandated that all sex education “be age and developmentally appropriate.” Additionally, as MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski told Romney, under the legislation, “what kindergarteners would have been learning is how to protect themselves from predators.”

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SCARBOROUGH: That ad he ran against you wasn’t true, right?

ROMNEY: Well, I think it was not accurate for him to continue to say that I was in favor of a specific date for troop withdrawal.

SCARBOROUGH: And it’s not really accurate to say Barack Obama wants five-year olds to learn about sex before reading. That’s not true either, is it?

ROMNEY: Well, the specific bill that he, the specific bill that Barack Obama voted for calls for sex education beginning as low as the kindergarten and it includes in that bill language which says that each class is to learn about sexually transmitted diseases. And in my opinion, and John McCain and I share the same view, the only sex education that’s appropriate in Kindergarten is no sex education.

BRZEZINSKI: Ok, well, and I also think that the implication of the words were not used correctly because I think what kindergarteners would have been learning is how to protect themselves from predators. But we’ll leave it there.

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