Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Can Kay overcome her pro choice credentials?

Kay often touts her scores from various groups on the issue of abortion... they rate her at 94% with the good guys... but does that number really mean anything to people who want to see Roe v. Wade overturned? Brad Watson investigates (link). Excerpt follows...

"What I'm saying is if it is overturned you're going to have abortion havens," Hutchison said. "Is there a yes or no to this? Look, I'm just telling you why I'm concerned."

Hutchison is likely concerned with antagonizing social conservative voters who turn out in large numbers in Republican primaries and who are strongly anti abortion.

The campaigns of her opponents, Gov. Rick Perry and GOP activist Debra Medina, said they would overturn Roe v. Wade. In Hutchison's first Senate run in 1993, she was just as clear in saying she would keep abortion legal.

"I am very comfortable that Roe v. Wade is working very well," she said.

At the time, she explained her view of the decision's limits.

"I do not think that there should be government intervention in that decision before viability," Hutchison said. "But, I do think states should have the right to make reasonable restrictions, such as parental consent."

The question of her support of Roe will persist in the campaign.

"She has a solid record of consistently coming down on the side of life," said Jennifer Baker, a Hutchison spokeswoman, while on a taping of Inside Texas Politics. "She's voted to ban partial birth abortions repeatedly."

In 2003, Hutchison took a Senate vote that affirmed Roe v. Wade. It was a hollow victory for pro-choice groups that have consistently given Hutchison low scores or zeros for her abortion issue votes.

Medina and Rick are both for overturning Roe v. Wade... Rick even took a swipe at Kay without mentioning her name at the big pro life rally in Austin on Saturday (link)...

Kay won't lose just because of this issue, but her answers on the issue are just confusing... which does raise the questions about her principles more generally speaking.

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