WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans stung by the culture wars that dominated political discourse this year are standing down on social issues. They are acutely aware that the presidential and congressional elections five months off are expected to turn on a thin margin of independent voters neither party can afford to alienate.
House Speaker John Boehner vowed to reverse President Barack Obama’s birth control policy. But there’s no sign of any such legislation.
And how about Obama’s revelation that he supports gay marriage? Social conservatives at the core of the GOP have turned back to assailing the president’s stewardship of the economy.
There’s a growing sense among Republicans that, with Mitt Romney all but crowned as their presidential nominee, social issues generally are losers when the GOP is trying to appeal to swing voters.
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