August 20, 2012

WHAT WOULD THAT NUMBER GO DOWN TO...:

Paul Ryan targeted on women's issues (Maggie Haberman and Emily Schultheis and Lois Romano, August 19, 2012, Politico)

For all the attention on how his budget roadmap changes Medicare, Democrats see Ryan's record on issues related to women as an opportunity to yoke Romney, who has flip-flopped on abortion rights in the past decade, to positions the presumptive GOP nominee staked out during the Republican primaries.

The initial tweets from the @BarackObama account last weekend, after Ryan was selected, were 140-character frames on Ryan's record on women.

And the campaign's first purely negative ad about the new GOP running mate was not on Medicare, but on abortion rights and Planned Parenthood.

"These are really extreme positions that are far to the right of most Americans," said Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. "They're also quite consistent with, frankly, Mitt Romney's positions. This ticket is far to the right of most Americans.

"Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41% (Lydia Saad, May 23, 2012, Gallup)

The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.

...if you removed those who view it as a way of reducing black births?



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