A week following President Obama’s disastrous performance in the domestic policy debate, the Obama campaign tried to pivot the national discussion to the notoriously polarizing wedge issue of abortion Wednesday. During a morning conference call with reporters, Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter brought on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to discuss Romney’s stance on abortion which they characterized as cynical and dishonest. The New York Times reports:

“Governor Romney has been dishonest about his plans on issue after issue. Romney’s dishonesty on abortion is just one example,” Ms. Cutter said, noting that a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney quickly reiterated his anti-abortion credentials.

“We’re saying he’s trying to cover up his beliefs,” Ms. Cutter said. “They know that his anti-choice position, his anti-Roe v. Wade position, is bad for his campaign.”

Romney confused some when he told the Des Moines Register Tuesday that “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

The Romney campaign has since clarified that “Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”

On ‘Real News’ Wednesday the panel discussed whether Romney’s position on abortion needs clarification and if the renewed focus on the issue by the Obama campaign is a sign of desperation: