Obama Rips Corbett’s Anti-Woman Legislation After Romney Endorsement
Pennsylvania Tom Corbett quietly, perhaps sheepishly, endorsed former Gov. Mitt Romney for president yesterday. The Pennsylvania pol noted that it’s time for Republicans to unite around a candidate who can “institute a bold conservative vision”—and beat Barack Obama. The Obama Campaign then responded, almost immediately.
“Governor Corbett joins a long list of far-right wing Republicans working to systematically undermine women’s health care and economic security that Mitt Romney has embraced,” reads an Obama for Pennsylvania campaign email. They add Corbett “has sought to force women to undergo ultrasounds before receiving abortions and even dismissed concerns about the procedure by saying that women could ‘close their eyes’ during it. Coming just one day after Mitt Romney refused to say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, this endorsement speaks volumes about his commitment to women.”
Corbett’s recent missteps, like the aforementioned “close your eyes” comments surrounding the Pennsylvania ultrasound bill, were an easy target for the Obama campaign. And his almost script-like embrace of other ALEC-inspired legislation, like Voter ID and Welfare Drug Testing, might make him an easy target for the president come November, assuming the “war on women” rhetoric keeps up.
The Associated Press calls Corbett’s support “somewhat belated” and notes the Pennsylvania governor “held no public event to announce it, and did not make any public comments on it before the Romney campaign released a statement Tuesday.” That should all but put a cork on the already-weak rumors (they were more like ungodly hopes) that Corbett was on the shortlist for the Republican vice-presidential nomination.