Video: CNN’s Anderson Cooper rips into DNC chair for misquoting Romney, L.A. Times on abortion

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz squirmed under a hail of questions from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Fri Aug 24, 2012 - 12:13 pm EST

ATLANTA, August 24, 2012, ( - Conservative activists frequently bemoan the liberal bias of the mainstream media, but a heated encounter between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz last night, has GOP supporters cheering.

During the exchange Cooper repeatedly presses Schultz about a recent fundraising letter from the DNC that attempted to link Mitt Romney to Todd Akin’s much-decried remarks about abortion and rape. The CNN anchor charges Schultz with misquoting the Los Angeles Times, misstating Romney’s position on abortion, and falsely claiming that the Romney campaign is responsible for drafting the Republican Party’s strongly pro-life platform.

Schultz, flustered by Cooper’s interrogation, appears unable to respond to his factual claims, and instead repeatedly attempts to shift the discussion, stating that “it doesn’t matter” what the wording of the fundraising e-mail was, and that the “bottom line” is Romney’s “extreme” views on abortion.

However, Cooper doesn’t let up.

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“I don’t understand why in a fundraising appeal you would, it seems, maybe accidentally, but you completely misquote the L.A. Times and you make it sound as if they’re saying something that they’re not saying, and you’re using that as evidence to back up your position,” the anchor says at one point.

Wasserman-Schultz responds, “Anderson, it doesn’t matter.”

“It does,” shoots back Cooper. “It would matter if you’re misquoting the L.A. Times as saying something they didn’t say. You’re saying it’s proof of your position and it’s actually not proof of your position.”

In its article the Times reported, “Delegates for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney are voting down substantive changes to the platform language that was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”

Cooper said that Schultz’s fundraising e-mail had “ripped” this quote out of context to claim, “The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the platform was, and I quote, written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”

Cooper also points out that Romney has often stated that he supports abortion in cases of rape, whereas Schultz has argued that he opposes all abortions. When asked if she knew that Romney has expressed his support for the exception, Schultz responds, “I can certainly acknowledge that he says that out loud,” but adds, “I think it’s very clear that Mitt Romney talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk.”

Cooper concludes the debate saying, “My only point is that – and again it’s my job on both sides of the aisle to point out things that are inaccurate – in a fundraising e-mail to misquote something to serve your argument just doesn’t seem in the long term to serve your argument very well.”

“I understand your point,” responds Schultz, “but the balance of the e-mail makes the case very clearly, and the main thrust of the information we’re trying to convey is that Mitt Romney is disingenuous when it comes to a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, and he’s extreme.”


  anderson cooper, cnn, debbie wasserman schultz, democratic national committee

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