Ann Romney appears to not be all that happy answering questions for her husband. The wife of GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney declined to answer several questions about same-sex marriage and employer-provided contraception while conducting an interview with Davenport, Iowa television station KWQC.
The interview was scheduled to air Friday night, but the transcript was already out on the station’s website.
Ann Romney is trying to repair the damage done to her husband’s support among women by the Republican Party’s assaults on women’s access to contraception and abortion services and their attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
KWQC anchor David Nelson asked Mrs. Romney “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?”
The Romney Campaign opposes same-sex marriage and the Republican Platform calls for a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and anything like it. Ann Romney responded “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues.”
Nelson then asked about employers being required to provide health insurance that includes coverage of birth control. The Romney Campaign has been critical of the Obama Administration for requiring nearly all employers, including most religiously affiliated employers, to provide coverage for women’s reproductive health care in their health plans.
Ann Romney, again, declined to answer that. She responded “Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.”
Nelson, apparently, was not happy with this, and countered with “You just told a reporter who was questioning you in Cleveland that you want women to have a secure and stable future. I asked you about marriage and whether lesbian mothers should be allowed to marry. Isn’t marriage a part of creating a stable future?”
Ann Romney did not respond and stated “You know, again, I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation, and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.”
Editorially speaking, Ann Romney’s decision to evade these questions will not help to build support for her husband among women, nor the LGBT Community. It is not as if most Americans do not already know his positions on these issues, but being evasive about them means that it looks like Romney has something to hide with regards to the issues.
To date, Mitt Romney has asked the American people to make a leap of faith and vote for him. Unfortunately for Romney, it appears that very few people are willing to take such a leap of faith. Most want to know what he will do to help them economically. More and more businesses are opposed to banning same-sex marriage and some are even for it emphatically because banning same-sex marriage hurts their bottom line and hurts the economy.