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Question of Women's Reproductive Rights Ridiculous for Election? Gov Scott Walker Says "Yes"

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Published on Aug 31, 2012

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviews Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Watch extended interview: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/30...

AMY GOODMAN: On choice, on abortion, with Paul Ryan being the vice-presidential candidate, do you share his views?

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: That's a ridiculous question, because nobody I talk to in Wisconsin or anywhere else across the country talks about that. What they want to talk about is what candidate is going to turn things around to get the economy going again, what candidate is going to fix the budget mess. Barack Obama has failed abysmally. And everybody in the media—

AMY GOODMAN: You're saying women's reproductive rights is a ridiculous question?

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: It is, because you—the women I talk to in my state never talk about that issue. They overwhelmingly talk to me about the fears they have about their children and the ideas that their children someday might not have a job or an opportunity. That's not an issue to—the issue that the media obsesses with, it's not an issue that voters talk about.

AMY GOODMAN: But it's an important issue for you. You have expressed your views very strongly against abortion.

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: It is an issue that the media wants to talk about, because they want to give Barack Obama a pass from the abysmal failure—42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, 12 million Americans unemployed. We should be talking about that, because that's what's at stake in this election.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on the floor of the Republican convention.

Democracy Now! also reports on a protest held near the RNC, where hundreds of people voice a different view, as Planned Parenthood supporters rally for reproductive rights. We hear from Randy Moody, national co-chair of Republicans for Planned Parenthood, and Louisiana resident Patricia Gil of UniteWomen.org. Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/30...

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