He seems to have taken a few flip-flop lessons of his own.
The campaign attempted to spell out his views Thursday in a statement obtained by CNN, but did not address any exceptions.
“I am pro-life, and believe in advancing the culture of life. My record as a pro-life candidate speaks for itself,” Cain said in a statement. “Anyone who says differently is simply not telling the truth. Next question.”
When pressed by CNN on his position, however, a campaign adviser said Cain follows the same policy used by the George W. Bush administration, which said abortions should be allowed in the instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake.
“He has learned more about the issue,” including the number of women affected in those instances, the adviser told CNN, explaining Cain’s view.
Dude, it’s classic Romney, and it won’t win him any friends. Matthew Archibold of CMR writes:
Anyone else worried about a candidate who’s running to be the head of the free world and is still learning the issues? He’d never thought before about abortion in light of cases of rape or incest before? Seriously? Give me a break. I’m thinking Herman Cain saw some polling.
I’m done with this guy. I’m not even going to consider him a serious candidate.
I’m just praying the not-Romney Cain supporters see the error of their ways.
Speaking of Romney, George Will calls him the Republican Michael Dukakis and challenges the notion that he’s the “most electable” of the candidates:
Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the Tea Party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.
Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from “data” (although there is precious little to support Romney’s idea that in-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants is a powerful magnet for such immigrants) and who believes elections should be about (in Dukakis’s words) “competence,” not “ideology.” But what would President Romney competently do when not pondering ethanol subsidies that he forthrightly says should stop sometime before “forever”? Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for this?
No lie. McCain was more conservative than Romney the last go-round, and that isn’t saying much. After four years of Obama angst and the damage he’s inflicted upon our country and economy, the best we can do is Romney?
Not so much.
Rick Perry may be a lousy debater and weak in certain areas but he’s arguably the most qualified and most conservative of the candidates.
I put my chips on Perry. Debate is an acquired skill, not an innate one. Hire Perry the best damn debate coaches and so with the most conservative candidate. I’d rather see Obama act like Gore did in the Presidential debates–condescending as he thought he did mental laps around GW. What a brilliant trap, eh?
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