Haley: Don't ask women about abortion

The South Carolina governor says Democrats' focus on the issue is "offensive"

Published August 28, 2012 3:48PM (EDT)

TAMPA -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a close Romney ally, said it was "offensive" for Democrats to say they're better for women on reproductive rights. Speaking with reporters at the Republican National Convention, Haley said Democrats' drawing attention to the pro-life plank in the party's platform are merely "distracting" from Obama's record. Asked if the platform does indeed call for a total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest, Haley replied, "I have no idea. I haven't been paying attention." The platform endorses the Human Life Amendment, which would give constitutional rights to fetuses, and thus equate abortion with murder.

"Women are not one issue voters, we care about the economy," she explained. "These debates [abortion] that you fellas keep talking about, that the Dems keep talking about, is just not where women are ... The only people that are saying that the Democrats are the better party for women are Democrats. And they think if they say it enough, we'll believe it, and that's probably about as offensive as it gets," Haley added.



By Alex Seitz-Wald

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