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How ‘Pro-Life’ Is Governor Scott Walker, Or Presidential Candidate Walker?

November 24, 2013

Anyone who has been following the press reports of our traveling governor, or the state’s potential presidential candidate, might be left wondering just where Scott Walker lands when it comes to abortion.

As a conservative Republican who wanted to win election as governor in 2010 Walker was most clear, as evidence proves from his election website.

I believe government has no higher purpose than protecting its citizens, particularly those that cannot fight for themselves like the unborn and elderly.  I am 100% pro-life and believe in protecting life from conception to natural death. As governor, I will protect the sanctity of all human life.

There is no doubt Walker has not been a friend of women’s reproductive rights once elected, and signed some dreadful bills into law.  But politics is not always about what you have done for me lately, it often is what do you plan to do for me in the future?  That is why culture conservatives might want to take note of the words Walker spoke last week.

In Washington on Thursday Walker, now beaming in the national spotlight, had a different spin for those who are paying attention to the abortion issue.

“As governors, we focus on the things that matter most to people” such as  jobs and the economy, he said. “I’m pro-life,” he added, “I don’t apologize  about it, but I don’t focus on it.”

A few minutes later, he likened a candidate’s position on abortion to whether  an applicant for an executive job at a company was “a Vikings or a Bears  fan.”

What a difference Potomac Fever can do for someone’s perspective on one of the core issues that concerns many GOP primary voters.

While running for governor there was no higher purpose than protecting the unborn.  But to make Walker more moderate looking in face of facts from 2012 and the recent Virginia elections where the GOP did not fare well due to attacking women’s health rights there is now a softened version of his reproductive campaign lingo.

Now for Walker the whole notion of how someone views abortion can be equalized with one’s football allegiances.

Before someone starts moving to the center in American politics for the general election they first need to meet the requirements of the caucus and primary voters so to be nominated.  I suspect there are conservative Republicans who read Walker’s statement this weekend and wondered if he was just another politician who spins words about abortion just to meet the current political needs of a (potential) candidate.   If that is the case if will not be hard for those voters to find a more conservative person to cast a ballot for when the Iowa caucuses open in January 2016.

3 Comments
  1. November 25, 2013 2:14 PM

    Alinka,

    Walker is just not ready for prime-time! Thanks for the link.

  2. November 25, 2013 7:54 AM

    “No higher purpose” versus “I don’t focus on it”

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