Mitt Romney Doesn't Know What VAWA Is

Boy, it's good that our presidential candidates all really care about women, huh?
During an "Ask Mitt Anything" forum at the Derry-Salem Elks Club here, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney demurred when an audience member asked him whether he would hold up reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the grounds that it kept men from visiting their children.

"I'm not familiar with the Act," Romney replied.

The answer surprised some women's rights advocates, since the Violence Against Women Act -- which established new federal crimes for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking -- has been federal law for more than a dozen years. Former President Bill Clinton signed it in 1994, it was the subject of a high-profile Supreme Court case in 2000 and has been reauthorized twice by Congress. Bush signed the most recent version in 2006.
There's a lot that's beautiful about that.

First off, recognize that the question was asked by an MRA, who's very upset that abusive men lose access to their children when their abused partner leaves. Romney's answer isn't just infuriating to women and people who think women should not be attacked, it's infuriating to MRAs, who view VAWA as a huge obstacle to their ability to beat their wives. Which, of course, it is.

I will give credit to Mitt for this:
During the town hall in Salem, Romney said that when it came to a court issuing a restraining order against someone, those issues were generally decided on the state level. But he added that in those instances, "The court is wise to put the interest of the child first... If I'm going to err, I'm going to err on the side of protecting the child."
So that's something. Still, Mitt may want to acquaint himself with major federal actions of the last twenty years. He is, after all, running for president.

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