Did Chris Christie lie about donating to Planned Parenthood then? Or now?

What a tangled web we weave when we try to satisfy everyone in public life. Of course “standing up to Planned Parenthood” is a big issue in the Republican primary and Christie is under attack from his rivals. Hitting the way-back machine, candidate for county office Chris Christie said this in 1994:

“I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any such agency, to find private donations,” Christie was quoted saying in The Star-Ledger on Sept. 30, 1994. “It’s also no secret that I am pro-choice. … But you have to examine all the agencies needing county donations and prioritize them. I would consider all groups looking for funding, but there is a limit and we have to pick and choose.”

You can imagine how Christie saying he gave a personal contribution to Planned Parenthood would go over in a 2016 Republican primary, especially with the crop of candidates they have where each is trying to move farther right than the other. So yesterday, Christie backtracked … or corrected the record … or [insert phrase “for pander to right wing of his party” here] … when he was asked about it being used by Marco Rubio to attack him. You can see the video of Christie’s response and comment below:

“In response to the question [by CBS News’ John Dickerson], Christie said: ‘Well I never donated to Planned Parenthood, so that’s wrong.’ ‘So, just on the Planned Parenthood,’ Dickerson pressed. ‘Never donated, never supported?’ ‘No. No,’ Christie said.

And just in case that wasn’t clear enough, the campaign offered up this statement:

“The governor did not donate to Planned Parenthood,” said spokeswoman Samantha Smith in an e-mail.

Well this latest development leaves you with the question, was Christie lying then or is he lying now? I guess the GOP primary voters will have to answer that question for themselves.

 

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