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Romney Criticizes Obama For Support Of Sex Education

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Sex Education

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, on Thursday criticized Sen. Barack Obama(Ill.), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, forsupporting a 2003 measure in the Illinois Legislature that would haveallowed age-appropriate sex education for children as young askindergartners, the AP/ABC News reports.Obama in 2003 was a state senator and chair of a committee thatapproved a bill that would have changed Illinois sex educationregulations to include instruction of any grade.

Obama on Tuesday at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund forumsaid that he considers sex education for kindergartners appropriate ifit is tailored to their age level. He has said that if a kindergartnerasks a question such as where babies come from, they should be toldaccurate information. Obama also said warning young people aboutinappropriate touching is an example of the type of sex education hesupports, adding that he was criticized for his position on sexeducation during his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign as well.

"Sen.Obama is wrong if he thinks science-based sex education has any placein kindergarten," Romney said Thursday during a speech inSparatansburg, S.C. Romney on Wednesday at a fundraising dinner inColorado Springs, Colo., said, "How much sex education is appropriatefor a five-year-old? In my mind, zero is the right number."

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Obamaon Thursday said, "We have to deal with a coarsening of the culture andthe over-sexualization of our young people," adding, "Of course, partof the coarsening of that culture is when politicians try to demagogueissues to score cheap political points" (Davenport, AP/ABC News, 6/19).

Romney, Fred Thompson Vie for Social Conservative Support

The Los Angeles Timeson Friday examined a recent "clash" between Romney and former Sen. FredThompson (Tenn.), who is expected to announce his candidacy for theRepublican presidential nomination, over support of socialconservatives. According to the Times, neither candidate is a "sure bet" with social conservatives, particularly because of abortion issues. Both Romney and Thompson have said they oppose abortion rights, but both candidates also have "mixed" records on the issue, the Times reports (Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 7/20).

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