Herman Cain, Piers Morgan, Abortion, and the No Money for Planned Parenthood Pledge
So it seems he is taking the "personally opposed, but thinks it should be legal" approach. Does that work with any other crime--theft, vandalism, rape, other types of murder? I wouldn't do it, but it's ok if you do?
Fortunately, Cain issued a clarification:
If you listen to the line of questioning, it is clear that Mr. Morgan was asking if I, as president, would simply "order" people to not seek an abortion.Obviously Cain needs to do better in his interviews so he doesn't leave these issues ambiguous. You can only misspeak and clarify so many times before people stop supporting you. In his defense, during this interview Morgan cut him off several times as he attempted to explain himself.
My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political view on abortion...again, I am pro-life. End of story.
As President, I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.
Did you notice the pledge on judges? That looks pretty good to me. Equally welcome is the pledge to veto any legislation that funds Planned Parenthood. I don't think a president has ever done that, and it's about time.
While Cain needs to communicate his pro-life position more clearly, I am encouraged to see these significant statements. Incidentally, Cain is the only presidential candidate that I've seen bringing up the racist roots of Planned Parenthood and the abortion movement. That's not something you see from people who don't care about abortion. So I can overlook an off comment here and there.
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