When Herschel Walker softened abortion stance, he had plenty of company in the GOP

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Herschel Walker made a strong showing in his debate with Raphael Warnock, and what attracted most attention was his refusal once again to make any payments for abortion and to be issued an honorary mayor badge.

Discussion may help Republican candidate for the Senate In Georgia, who lowered expectations (“I’m not very smart”). At the same time, he admitted to NBC yesterday that the $700 check he sent to the defendant was his (she is now the mother of one of his children), and the ceremonial badge can remind people that he lied about his presence in law enforcement.

But that wasn’t the most important thing that happened at that point.

It was that Walker changed his position on two issues that were critical to his winning the nomination, with Support Donald Trump.

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Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks during a campaign stop at Battle Lumber Co. On Thursday, October 6, 2022, in Wadley, Georgia.
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one had 100% pro-life attitude On abortion, without exceptions, no way, nor how. This drew criticism from opponents that he allowed himself an exception in sending this check to his girlfriend back in 2009, but he did not give Georgia women the same choice.

But in the discussion, Walker retracted his position. He said he now supports a Georgia lawmaker’s ban on abortion after six weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s life in medical emergencies or if their pregnancies were not successfully terminated.

By way of clarification, Walker said he is Christian but “also represents Georgia people” He will “stand with them”.

The other change was on the stolen election front. Walker said in late 2020, “I can guarantee you, Joe Biden didn’t get his 50 million votes. But people think he won this election.” He said in the debate that Biden won the election. (By the way, he got 81 million votes.)

Walker got company in the Republican Party; It is the latest example. When Blake Masters won the Washington state Senate nomination, he quickly removed his website containing harsh anti-abortion rhetoric and support for a character modification, as well as talk of a fraudulent election.

It is true that candidates from both parties are slowly moving toward the center during a general election. The Democrats are trying to placate their liberal wing and then back off, saying, OK, Medicare for everyone has its good points, but I’m not saying you should lose your private insurance.

But when it comes to such fundamental issues as abortion and election fraud, did these Republicans believe what they were saying then – or what they’re saying now?

Given the majority support for Roe v. The now-defunct Wade–and the pro-choice victory in the Kansas referendum–are these candidates only afraid of the consequences of the real world?

The Supreme Court building is fortified in the wake of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

The Supreme Court building is fortified in the wake of the Roe v. Wade ruling.
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Or you could describe it as a wake-up call to political reality—it was easy to take a pro-life stance when it was in theory, and now you might seem against exceptions—like forcing a woman to give birth to a child who has been raped—heartless.

In Minnesota, GOP candidate Scott Jensen said last spring that he would “try to ban abortion” as a conservative, and has not supported any exceptions unless the mother’s life is in danger. Jensen, who is a doctor, has since made a video saying his earlier comments were “clumsy” and now he supports rape and exceptions to incest.

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In Iowa, House Republican candidate Zach Noon wrote an op-ed saying he’s pro-life but supportive of exceptions: “I share the frustrations of many I’ve spoken to on both sides of the issue seeking a compassionate and practical discussion about life.”

In Michigan, House Republican candidate Tom Barrett called himself the “100 Pro-Life – No Exceptions,” but has now removed any reference to his views on abortion on his website. Instead, Democratic Representative Elisa Slotkin denounced “some of the most extreme abortion policies for anyone in Congress.”

This raises a crucial point. many Democrats, Worried about irritating their base, they refused to say they were against late abortions, which can last up to the ninth month. Such delayed actions clearly contradict the prevailing consensus that is more supportive of abortion in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

Arizona Gov. nominees Katie Hobbs, left, and Carrie Lake, right, spar before their clash next month.

Arizona Gov. nominees Katie Hobbs, left, and Carrie Lake, right, spar before their clash next month.
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On CNN, Dana Bash repeatedly pressed Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate for Arizona governor, to see if she would support any abortion restrictions, and Hobbs, seeming uncomfortable, kept saying this was between the women and their doctors.

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“When you talk about a late miscarriage, it’s very rare… an incredible thing went wrong with that pregnancy… Politicians don’t belong in that decision,” Hobbs said.

she is running against lake curry, A Trump-backed Republican has taken a stand of no exceptions but is now more ambiguous. On CBS, Lake didn’t say if she would override the 15-week ban passed by the legislature earlier this year, but said “I’m going to stick to the law, regardless of that law.” (She also retracted a comment in a radio interview that said abortion should be “rare and legal.”)

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Given the importance of abortion rights – even though they have fallen far beyond economics and inflation in recent polls – the media should scrutinize these changes, interpretations, and evasions from both sides.

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