Lindsey Graham is a pro-life Republican senator who has drawn praises from pro-life advocates for leading the fight on key pro-life legislation such as the 20-week abortion ban and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. But the presidential candidate is getting himself in hot water with pro-life voters after he attacked pro-life presidential hopeful ted Cruz yesterday for opposing the abortion of babies conceived in rape.
Graham contends the position supporting the right to life of unborn babies no matter how they are conceived is a losing proposition with voters in the next presidential election. Here’s what Graham had to say and video of his remarks:
“How many believe we’ve got a problem with young women as Republicans?” Graham asked during a speech to a Republican Jewish group. “What do you think that problem is? Any idea? What? It’s a variety of problems. How about abortion? Any of you think that does create a problem for the Republican Party?”
“I think you can be pro-life as you wanna be, as long as you’re sincere, and as long as you have a reasonable approach to the pro-life issue,”he said, but warned that a hard-line position would turn off voters.
“How many of you believe that there should be an exception for a woman who has been a victim of a rape and has become pregnant?” he asked. “I don’t believe you can be pro-life and win an election, but if you’re gonna tell a woman who’s been raped she has to carry the child of the rapist, you’re losing most Americans.”
Graham said: “If a nominee of the Republican party will not allow for an exception for rape and incest, they will not win. Ted Cruz doesn’t have an exception for rape or incest.”
He said “almost anybody” can beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, as long as they’re right on “two issues.”
“Immigration, and having a sensible position on social issues,” he said. “If we don’t have those two positions right, we’re gonna get creamed.”