Stu Stevens: ‘High Percentage of People’ ‘Thought Romney Was a Catholic Against Contraception’

Top Romney strategist Stu Stevens said today that, in the aftermath of the contentious GOP primary, many Americans thought that Mitt Romney opposed the use of contraception.

“We found that some incredibly high percentage of people coming out of the primary thought Mitt Romney was a Catholic against contraception,” Stevens said at a National Review briefing. (He could not recall the specific percentage.)

Stevens compared the situation voters were in after the primary to that of diners at a restaurant who only overhear snippets of an argument at another table. “A lot of the electorate, that’s how they’re experiencing the primary at the end,” he said. “There was a lot of confusion. And the Obama campaign capitalized on that.” 

In a January 2012 primary debate, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos was widely cricitized by conservativies for asking Romney, “Do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”  Romney responded, “I would totally and completely oppose any effort to ban contraception” and called the question “silly.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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