Giuliani blows the abortion question

"It would be OK" if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

By Joan Walsh
Published May 4, 2007 12:25AM (EDT)

Rudy Giuliani just blew the abortion question. The other nine immediately said it would be a good day for America if Roe v. Wade were repealed. Giuliani said, almost sheepishly, "It would be OK." Pressed by Matthews, he added: "It would be OK to repeal it, it would be OK if a strict constructionist judge upheld it as precedent."

Later he added, "I hate abortion, I wish people didn't have abortions," but admitted he supported public funding of abortion in New York.

Romney says, "I changed my mind" on Roe v. Wade, and does what the pundits have been telling him to do: reminds the audience Ronald Reagan did the same thing.

So much for Mike Huckabee's big-tent compassionate conservatism: He just compared abortion to suicide bombing.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson says employers should be free to fire gays. John McCain still seems off: Asked about Mitt Romney's claim that chasing Osama bin Laden is a waste of time and money, he snarled that he would chase bin Laden "to the gates of hell." Then he gave a quick crazy smile. He's going over his time limits and making little speeches, not giving crisp debate retorts.


Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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