Republican Prez Candidates Only Want Pro-Life Nominee on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 10, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 10,

Washington, DC ( — During the latest Republican presidential debate on Monday night, there weren’t many fireworks over abortion or bioethics issues. Instead, there appeared to be a consensus that some of the GOP candidates will only support a pro-life nominee and want the person who represents the party to oppose abortion.

Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said he would support the nominee because he has no doubt it will be someone who is pro-life, which excludes pro-abortion ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"I believe that the person that’s going to lead the party will be somebody that is pro-growth and pro-life," he said. "I think these are two pivotal, key foundation issues that this country needs to stand for."

Asked what he would do if the nominee backed abortion, Brownback said he was confident it wouldn’t happen.

"It’s going to be. And I’m going to support the nominee of the party," Brownback said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, a pro-life congressman who has been at or near the bottom most of the campaign, also said he wants the eventual GOP nominee to be pro-life.

"Yes, I would support the nominee of the party, but also work with whoever that nominee is to make sure that they understand that the Republican Party was built on a respect for human beings," he said.

He added: "And I think if we lose that respect and that protection for unborn human beings, then the party that Abraham Lincoln founded will be no more."

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, who is also pro-life, was more hesitant to offer his backing to the eventual nominee, saying he wants the nominee to oppose abortion but couldn’t be sure that would happen.

"I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principled flag carrier for the Republican Party," he said. "But if that is not the case, no, then I will not support them."

"I’ve said, I don’t know how many times, that I am absolutely … sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again," he added.