Chuck Todd: Planned Parenthood Said Fiorina's Comments At Debate Were "False"; Did She Go Too Far?


On Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press, moderator Chuck Todd addressed Carly Fiorina's comments about the Planned Parenthood tapes at CNN's Republican debate, calling the film "highly-edited" made by an "anti-abortion rights group." Todd said he would not be airing a "graphic" web ad by Fiorina's super PAC, however noted Planned Parenthood called every part of what she said "flat-out false."

CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: As we saw earlier, Carly Fiorina was perceived as the winner of Wednesday's Republican debate by Republican voters. The one moment of hers that has gained extra attention is her claim about those undercover Planned Parenthood tapes. Here what she said.

CARLY FIORINA: Watch a fully-formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, "We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

TODD: Awfully graphic there. Fiorina was presumably talking about highly-edited tapes made by an anti-abortion rights group. And now Fiorina's super PAC has doubled down on it, putting out an online video that appears to show what Fiorina described. We're not going the show this on camera right now.

But Planned Parenthood says that Fiorina's claim, "This is completely and totally untrue. Every part of what she said is flat-out false." Now, Planned Parenthood also says that the fetus that was shown in the video was from stock footage, edited into the tapes themselves by the anti-abortion rights group and is not related to a Planned Parenthood health center.

A non-partisan fact-checking service called PolitiFact said that the anti-abortion rights group took an interview with a woman identified as a former tissue procurement technician talking about what she saw and edited the fetus video onto that interview. And PolitiFact weighted Fiorina's statement as mostly false. A highly charged issue, abortion always is, Hugh Hewitt, Fiorina go too far in her description here?

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