WASHINGTON -- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) defended Mitt Romney a day after he appeared to flip-flop in his support for Blunt's controversial amendment to allow employers to opt out of covering any kind of health care services for moral reasons.
In an interview with Ohio News Network on Wednesday, Romney said he opposed Blunt's amendment. But minutes after his answer was broadcast, the Romney campaign was insisting he actually backed the bill.
The former Massachusetts governor was asked the following question by ONN reporter Jim Heath: "The issue of birth control, contraception, Blunt-Rubio is being debated, I believe, later this week. It deals with banning or allowing employers to ban providing female contraception. Have you taken a position on it? He (Santorum) said he was for that, we’ll talk about personhood in a second; but he’s for that, have you taken a position?”
Romney responded by declaring, “I’m not for the bill, but look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a women, husband and wife, I’m not going there.” Later, though, his campaign said he was confused by the question and meant to say the opposite.
Blunt told reporters Thursday that he, too, thought the question posed to Romney didn't make sense.
"I heard the question. The question was about as confusing and disjointed as you could be. He quickly clarified that, so..." Blunt said, trailing off.
Blunt made his remarks shortly after the Senate rejected his amendment, 51-48.