Statement on Governor Mitt Romney’s Acceptance Speech from Denny Heck

Aug. 31, 2012

Olympia, Washington – “Why should women have any less say than men about the great decisions facing our nation?” – Mitt Romney, Republican National Convention Acceptance Speech. 8/30/12.

“Mr. Romney, you’re right. Women shouldn’t have any less say—Nor should they have any less say about the important decisions they face in gaining access to healthcare and control over their own bodies. Unfortunately, your rhetoric tonight doesn’t match your party’s actions.

Instead of trying to enact policies that would help create jobs, the Tea Party Congress has been focused on limiting women’s healthcare and defunding Planned Parenthood. Just days ago the Republican convention passed a platform to completely outlaw a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.

Voters should remember this November: the Tea Party Congress, and its party’s new leader Mitt Romney, is not focused on jobs. It’s focused on taking women’s healthcare backwards.

My focus, if elected to Congress, will be growing and strengthening the American middle class and those working to get into it.  I know what Congress needs to do to help the private sector create jobs because I’ve started businesses myself. And when it comes to women’s healthcare, I trust women to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families without politicians getting in the way.”

Heck is running in the newly created 10th Congressional District. The 10th is a Democratic district that gave President Obama 58% of the major party vote in 2008.

Denny Heck, 60, is an entrepreneur, former State Representative and co-founder of TVW, a statewide public affairs TV channel in Washington State. Denny attended and graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1973 and has lived in Olympia for the past 26 years with his wife Paula and their two children, Bob and Trey. Denny and Paula, a retired middle school principal, have been married 36 years.


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