A Veep for Mittens
Thanks to our great policy researchers, we deliver a bunch of detailed information about the people aiming to join Mitt Romney on the GOP ticket.
Here is how Politico's Morning Score reported it:
At a 10 a.m. briefing, the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America will release research on the abortion, contraception and other reproductive-rights records of who they identify as the 13 most-mentioned potential GOP vice-presidential candidates. Those who make their cut: Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, Susana Martinez, Bob McDonnell, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and John Thune. [Most of these folks were never remotely considered by Beth Myers, but the group points out that they are all surrogates.] Here's a sample from their findings:
|As a member of the House and the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman has cast 118 anti-choice votes out of 119 opportunities (115 votes in the House; four in the Senate).|
|Sen. John Thune has never cast a pro-choice vote out of a total of 96 opportunities during his tenure in the House and Senate.|
|Like Mitt Romney, many of these potential running mates have records hostile to birth control, from voting to defund Planned Parenthood to cutting funding for family-planning programs. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eliminated family-planning funding from the state budget and then vetoed legislation that would have restored it.|
|Sen. Ayotte also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to allow private employers to refuse to cover birth control or any service required under the health-reform law for virtually any reason.|
|Although former Gov. Tim Pawlenty took many anti-choice actions while in office, it's interesting that he signed into law a measure that ensures sexual-assault survivors receive information about and access to emergency contraception. His record differs from Romney's on this issue. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney vetoed a similar bill, which, fortunately, the Massachusetts Legislature overrode."|
Our apologies to the fictional Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO's new comedy series "Veep." All we know about her is that she's funnier than Portman or Thune.
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