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Rick Santorum Edits Out Cain’s Comments for Political Gain

If you go to Rick Santorum’s official website, you’ll find the following blub on the front page:

HERMAN CAIN – PRO-TARP, PRO-TAX AND NOW, PRO-CHOICE
Cain Tells CNN’s Piers Morgan That Abortion is a Decision for the Individual, “Whatever They Decide, They Decide.” Verona, PA – Herman Cain has said another outrageous statement out of touch with conservative values, this time…

Follow the link, and you’ll find this (this is the entire text of the page):

HERMAN CAIN – PRO-TARP, PRO-TAX AND NOW, PRO-CHOICE

Cain Tells CNN’s Piers Morgan That Abortion is a Decision for the Individual, “Whatever They Decide, They Decide.”

Verona, PA – Herman Cain has said another outrageous statement out of touch with conservative values, this time on the issue of abortion.

Senator Santorum said: “Herman Cain said that he believes life begins at conception, but that it’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to terminate that life. And I find it gravely troubling that Herman believes it’s a life, but that he doesn’t consider it a life worth fighting for. As the author of the partial birth abortion ban and other pro-life pieces of legislation, this is the exact mentality myself and other true pro-life advocates fought against. In fact, Herman’s pro-choice position is similar to those held by John Kerry, Barack Obama and many others on the liberal left. No, Herman, it is not ‘whatever they decide,’this is an innocent human life. It is unconscionable for Herman to run for the nomination of the Party that stands in defense of Life while showing disregard for the sanctity of Life. You cannot be both personally against abortion while condoning it – you can’t have it both ways. We must defend the defenseless, period.”

In an interview last night CNN host Piers Morgan asked Mr. Cain about his stance on abortion:

MORGAN: This is what is comes down to.

CAIN: No, it comes down to it’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue.”

MORGAN: You might be the president of United States of America. So your views on these things become exponentially massively more important. They become a directive to the nation.

CAIN: No they don’t. I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.

MORGAN: That’s a very interesting departure –

CAIN: Yes.

MORGAN: — from the normal politics.

CAIN: Exactly.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1110/19/pmt.01.html

Notice that the Santorum site starts the off in the middle of the answer to the question. Here is the full question in context:

MORGAN: But you’ve had children, grandchildren. If one of your female children, grand children was raped, you would honestly want her to bring up that baby as her own?

CAIN: You’re mixing two things here, Piers?

MORGAN: Why?

CAIN: You’re mixing –

MORGAN: That’s what it comes down to.

CAIN: No, it comes down to it’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make.

Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue.

MORGAN: By expressing the view that you expressed, you are effectively — you might be president. You can’t hide behind now the mask, if you don’t mind me saying, of being the pizza guy. You might be the president of United States of America. So your views on these things become exponentially massively more important. They become a directive to the nation.

CAIN: No they don’t. I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.

MORGAN: That’s a very interesting departure –

CAIN: Yes.

MORGAN: — from the normal politics.

CAIN: Exactly.

Why does Rick Santorum deliberatly leave out the red part of the conversatiom? Because it places the answer in context.

Rick Santorum lies about the question being asked Herman Cain.

I hate to use the word lie, and I’d rather give Rick Santorum (who has been a strong pro-life advocate) the benefit of the doubt, but in this case it’s true. Notice in the quote from Santorum’s official website, this is what they say was the question being asked:

In an interview last night CNN host Piers Morgan asked Mr. Cain about his stance on abortion:

They go out of their way to make is seem as if Herman Cain is talking about his general view on abortion. That isn’t true. The question Herman Cain was answering was about rape victims, and should they be forced to raise the child. It was clearly not about Herman Cain’s general views on abortion.

The pro-life movement is too important to be playing petty politics with. If Rick Santorum wants to criticise Herman Cain on this, then he should at least post the entire conversation, in context, rather than using selective quotes in an attempt to twist what people are saying.

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