Dennis Kucinich Abandons Pro-Abortion Bid for Democratic Nomination

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 25,

Washington, DC ( — Another candidate for president has dropped out of the race and this time it’s pro-abortion Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich. The former Cleveland mayor was a strong pro-life advocate earlier in this political career but flip-flopped on abortion in order to run for higher office.

He said he would campaign for another term in his northeast Ohio congressional district.

"I won’t be president, but I can continue to fight for these important issues as the United States congressman representing the community that is first in my heart, Cleveland, Ohio," he said, according to an AP report.

Kucinich fared poorly in the early primary and caucus states and was not seen as a top-tier candidate in league with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.

Other Democratic candidates have left the race including Sens. Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

As late as 2001 Kucinich called himself pro-life and had a 95 percent pro-life voting record, according to National Right to Life.

He opposed partial-birth abortions and said in 1996 he believed life began at conception.

Yet, as presidential wannabes such as Dick Gephardt, and Jesse Jackson did, Kucinich turned his back on the pro-life community when aspirations for higher office began to take hold.

But Kucinich said last year that "only those who agree to uphold Roe v. Wade should be nominated for the Supreme Court."
Kucinich explained the turnaround in an interview with PBS last month.

"It was long before I ran for president the first time that I came to an understanding of how this issue was tearing America apart and how it’s possible to simultaneously stand for a woman’s right to choose and, at the same time, work to make abortions less likely," he said.