GOP Debate: Government and Contraception

The candidates sound off about their views on contraception.
4:45 | 02/23/12

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We take a question now. From CNN politics dot com. You can -- it up on the screen here since birth control is the latest hot topic which candidate believes in birth control and if not why. Very popular question is very popular -- in the audience is weakened state and look at Iraq has spent a ton of time on this but it is plea. -- -- good point sir it's nice guys again this thing. I say that they have -- -- frankly I think about I think there's only two -- my two good points job. The first is there is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes excessive do. The move from. Apply now. You did not once in 2008 campaign not once did anybody in the -- media. Asked why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing and -- Have a debate about who the extremists is on these issues it is President Obama -- -- a state senator voted to protect doctors who kill babies who survive the abortion and not for a public. -- -- what's what's happened and -- -- call back and they had the debate that we had George Stephanopoulos talking all about birth control we wonder why in the world and contraception and what's I've. -- what was he going there -- we found out. When Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience. I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack -- religious conscience religious freedom religious tolerance that we've seen -- -- Barack Obama. Most recently of course. -- Most most recently requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees in its various enterprises. Health care. The insurance that would include birth control sterilization. And the morning after -- unbelievable he tried to retreat from that but he retreated in a way that was not appropriate because. These insurance companies now -- to provide these same things and obviously the Catholic Church fund -- bank for them. But don't forget the decision just before this where he said the government not a church but the government should have the right to determine who would church's ministers are. For the purposes of but determining whether there's -- there are exempt from EEOC -- from from workforce laws -- labor laws. He said the government should make that choice that went all the way to the Supreme Court there are a few liberals on the Supreme Court. They voted 90 against present Obama -- his his position it. -- -- -- -- His. His position -- religious tolerance and religious. A conscience. Is clear and it's one of the reasons the people in this country are saying we want to have a president who will stand up and fight for. The rights under our constitution our first right which is for freedom of religion so let's hope -- the time. -- the time we spend on this on the role of a president. Your personal use and question the role of government senators and form this has -- -- yes it has come up because of the president's decision in the campaign has also come up because of some of the things. You have said on the campaign trail when you're campaigning in Iowa. You told an evangelical blog if elected you will talk about what quote no president has talked about before. The dangers of contraception. -- What I was talking about is we have a society Charles Murray just wrote a book about this and it's on the front page New York Times two days ago. Which is the increasing number of children being born out of wedlock in America teens who are sexually active what we're -- is a problem in our culture. With respect to. Children being raised by children children being raised out of wedlock. And the impact on society economical. Impact on society with respect to two drug -- and -- whole host of other things when children have children. And so yes I was talking about these very serious issues and and in fact as I mentioned before two days ago on the front page of New York Times they're talking about the same thing. The bottom line is that we have a problem this country and the families fracturing. Over 40% of children born in America are born out of wedlock. How can -- country -- Raised it in homes where it's so much harder to succeed economically. It's five times the rate of poverty in single parent households than it is in two parent homes. We can't have limited government lower -- that we hear this -- time she cut spending limit the government everything will be fine no everything's not going to be fine. There are bigger problems at stake in America and someone is gonna go out there -- well and talk about the things -- you know what here's the difference. The left gets all its outlook and talking about these things you know here's the difference between me in the left and they don't get that's. Just because I'm talking about it doesn't mean I want a government program to fix it that's what they do that's not what.

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