“Well that would preclude, of course, Rick Santorum,” Romney said. “Because, I mean, look at his record. I find it interesting that he continues to describe himself as the real conservative. This is the guy who voted against the right to work, this is the guy who voted to fund Planned Parenthood, this is the person who voted to raise the debt ceiling five times. … It’s my way of saying that Rick Santorum is not a person who is an economic conservative, to my right. I’m saying I’m a conservative, I give him credit for being a conservative, but not a fiscal conservative. His record does not suggest he’s got the fiscal conservative chops that I have.”
Campaign spending chart via BuzzFeed:
Carbonite stock chart today:
Good News: Obama losing the contraception mandate debate:
Sure enough, when asked, “Should health insurance plans for all employees have to cover the full cost of birth control for female employees or should employers be able to opt out for moral or religious reasons?” women favored opting out by a 46-44 margin. The margin increased to a decisive 53-38 for “religiously affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university.”
That’s among women. Unbeknownst to those who read only the Times‘ main story, the poll asked the same question to men. They were not split. Men favored opting out by a 20 point margin (57 vs. 37), except when a “religiously affiliated employer” was involved, in which case the margin increased to 25 points. Combining men and women, a substantial majority (51-40) favors allowing an opt-out–increasing to 57-36 where religiously-affiliated institutions are involved.
Bad News: Is Rush being hurt more than we know?