The race for White House is certainly heating up ... or at least it's rhetoric is. ABC News reports that Democrats are "seizing on [Mitt] Romney's pledge to get rid of Planned Parenthood," an accusation that the Romney campaign claims has been taken out of context.
Dems have produced a new video that features Romney speaking to St. Louis TV station KDSK, which dubs its interview, "Mitt Romney: Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." In the television interview, Romney lists a number of cuts to federal funding that he would champion, including Amtrak, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Planned Parenthood.
Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrenstrom backpedaled, telling CNN that Planned Parenthood had "other sources of funding besides government appropriations," but the candidate "was not planning to get rid of the organization."
But Stephanie Cutter, Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager, said Planned Parenthood is "a vital health care provider for millions of American women," and Romeny's comments showed "how low he is willing to go to pander to the most extreme elements of the Republican base."