Team Romney clarifies their candidate’s call to get out of the UN Human Rights Council. (As he did at the RJC, Romney in a SC stop said : “”We should withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council.” I pointed out that the U.S. is already off the Council.) Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom explains via email what Romney meant : “The governor believes we ought to withdraw completely from the UN Human Rights Council, and that means ending our financial support in addition to not seeking a seat on the council. We should not legitimize the council, either with financial or diplomatic support.”
As for the “parent weekend” Fehrnstrom denies Romney is calling for a national plan. Fehrstrom writes: “The parenting class was a proposal by Governor Romney to help parents in our underperforming school districts on how to support their children in school – for instance, what TV is good to watch, the importance of developing good study habits, and so on. The way it was structured was to make these resources available to parents whose kids are enrolled in state-subsidized day care in underperforming school districts. These parents already have to go through a regular counseling session, and we were going to incorporate this additional information into those sessions.He did not suggest a national program. He was talking about what we did at the local level.” I am not sure this defense of such a robust government program is going to put to rest concerns of small government conservatives. But in any event, we’ll look for the transcript and tape of the Club for Growth event to see if the press account of Romney’s remarks was accurate and report back.