Anti-Abortion Prez Sounded Nice on Stump, But Takes Revenge in Office
JANUARY 22, 2000Now pounding the iron fist on abortion, George W. Bush tried to velvet-glove the issue during the presidential campaign. On Monday, in one of his first acts as president, Bush moved to block funding for international groups that provide abortion counseling abroad.
But on the stump, he was the model of compassion, urging a push for consensus and usually taking a hard line only on partial-birth abortion.
Bush: Yeah. I do.
McCain: (But you) support the pro-life plank (in the Republican Party platform)?
Bush: I do.
McCain: So in other words, your position is that you believe there's an exemption for rape, incest, and the life of the mother, but you want the platform that you're supposed to be leading to have no exemption. Help me out there, will you?
Bush: I will. The platform doesn't talk about what specifically should be the constitutional amendment. The platform speaks about a constitutional amendment. It doesn't refer to how that constitutional amendment ought to be defined. Larry King Live
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