Fiorina slaps down George Stephanopoulos in post-debate interview; ‘No, I didn’t misspeak’

fioThe morning after her epic attack on the butchers of Planned Parenthood during the Republican presidential primary debate, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos tried in vain to scold Carly Fiorina for her commanding remarks:

And failed miserably.

While political pundits on both sides of the aisle spent Thursday morning singing Fiorina’s praises, Stephanopoulos tried to catch the presidential hopeful in the act of misrepresenting the facts.

“Another powerful moment last night was when you talked about those Planned Parenthood tapes,” Stephanopoulos began.

“But analysts who have watched all 12-plus hours say the scene you describe – that harrowing scene you describe — actually isn’t in those tapes. Did you misspeak?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Misspeak” is Washington speak for “I didn’t mean a word I said.” Fiorina was having none of it.

“No, I didn’t misspeak and I don’t know who you’re speaking about in terms of watching the tapes but I have seen those images,” Fiorina started.

“I don’t know whether you’ve watched the tapes, George, most people haven’t. Certainly none of the Democrats who are still defending Planned Parenthood have watched those tapes. Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded. This kind of butchery erodes at the character of our nation.”


Stephanopoulos immediately deflected to someone who supposedly watched the PP videos named Sarah Kliff at the liberal website, “”

Stephanopoulos cited Kliff as the “analyst” who accused Fiorina of misrepresenting information, because according to an article Kliff wrote, what Fiorina said happened “in the Planned Parenthood videos simply does not exist.’”

Unfazed, Fiorina doubled-down on the assertions Stephanopoulos tried to snuff out.

“Well, you know, there’s a lot of commentary about these tapes being doctored. In fact, that’s what the mainstream media keeps talking about, is the tapes and their origin,” Fiorina fired back.

“Rest assured I have seen the images that I talked about last night.

“Rest assured that human lives are being aborted fully formed in order to harvest body parts.

“Rest assured that this erodes at the character of our nation, and once again I will say, I dare Mrs. Clinton and President Obama, two defenders of Planned Parenthood, to watch these videotapes.”


What’s really interesting about this is that Stephanopoulos — a man who makes his living in the television medium — clearly hasn’t invested the time to watch the Planned Parenthood videos himself. If he had, he wouldn’t be relying on a lefty website “analyst” to try to poke holes in one of the most impressive performances of the presidential primary season so far.

Stephanopoulos is part of a growing media movement trying to strip Fiorina’s powerful Planned Parenthood remark of its merit. But as The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway points out, there is plenty of evidence to back-up Fiorina’s comment:

As for Fiorina’s quote, she is likely referring to the entirety of the 10 videos, including the seventh video released by the Center for Medical Progress. Watch the full video for yourself. It does, in fact, show a fully formed fetus, heart beating and legs kicking. And it shows this while Holly O’Donnell, a former organ harvester who worked for StemExpress at a Planned Parenthood affiliate, graphically discuss the harvesting of a brain from a baby whose heart was beating.


Watch Fiorina’s interview with Stephanopoulos here:

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