Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fact-Checking the GOP: Chris Christie "Convinced" He Never Said That

The Statement:

Earlier this month, Chris Christie appeared on CBS' Face the Nation and was asked to respond to Marco Rubio's claim that he had contributed to Planned Parenthood--a 2,000 percent no-no in the current Republican race.

"I never donated to Planned Parenthood."  

Well, that seems simple enough.

The Facts:

In 1994, then Star-Ledger reporter Brian T. Murray quoted Chris Christie in an article about the Morris County freeholder race.  

"I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any such agency, to find private donations.  It's also no secret that I am pro-choice."

The Explanation:

When asked about the quote, Mr. Christie defended himself to The Washington Posts' Jennifer Rubin by saying, "Listen, this is a quote from 21 years ago.  I'm convinced it was a misquote."

m'eye Verdict:

Mr. Christie would undoubtedly have liked to blame this Planned Parenthood question on some liberal media conspiracy, but that was going to be impossible to sell considering Mr. Brian T. Murray is now Governor Chris Christie's spokesperson in New Jersey.

Instead, he opted for a "convinced" I was misquoted defense, which really means nothing.  You either donated to Planned Parenthood and said so, or you didn't donate to Planned Parenthood.  Surely, even 22 years later, you would know the difference, and would not need to be "convinced" of the accuracy of a quote attributed to you.  Mr. Christie readily admits that, during that time, he was pro-choice.  So why is it so difficult to admit that would have also personally supported Planned Parenthood?

Wishing you hadn't said something 22 years ago is not the same as not having said it in the first place.  You can change your mind, your opinion can evolve, but your words are your words, no matter how much you regret them.

Mr. Christie earns 5 out of 5 Gops. 

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