June 30, 2011


Interest groups use the power of the political pledge (Jackie Kucinich, 6/29/11, USA TODAY)

Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group that supports female candidates who oppose abortion, recently criticized Romney's refusal to sign their pledge that requires candidates to promise to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, defund Planned Parenthood and end any government funding of abortion.

Romney, who has publicly supported abortion rights in the past but is now an abortion opponent, said that pledge would have unintended consequences.

Former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., project director for Susan B. Anthony List's Votes Have Consequences Project, said a candidate's record as a governor or a member of Congress can only show so much.

"None of them have been president, so despite what one would have done as governor or as a member of Congress, being president is a very different role," Musgrave said.

While Susan B. Anthony List actively supports candidates who oppose abortion, Musgrave did not say the group would withhold support from Republican presidential nominee who would not sign the pledge.

"That remains to be seen, you know, who that individual will be but again the point of the pledge is looking for leaders on the life issue and also letting our over 380,000 members across this country know what candidates were willing to say 'yes, I'm willing to lead on life.'"

Rothenberg said Romney's strategy is "risky" but could have a huge pay off.

...that if he could make it to the general he'd have demonstrated that he's not anti-abortion, like other Republicans.

Posted by at June 30, 2011 5:51 AM

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