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Republican Senator Scott Brown objects to GOP platform language on abortion

By ALEXANDER BURNS



8/21/12 4:12 PM EDT




Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who yesterday was the first
sitting senator to call on Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri
Senate race, is now urging his party to take a more lenient stance on
abortion in its national platform.
In a letter this afternoon to Republican National Committee Chairman
Reince Priebus, Brown expresses concern that the official Republican
platform is set to include "language opposing a woman’s right to choose
and supporting a constitutional amendment banning abortion."
"I believe this is a mistake because it fails to recognize the views
of pro-choice Republicans like myself. Even while I am pro-choice, I
respect those who have a different opinion on this very difficult and
sensitive issue. Our Party platform should make the same concession to
those of us who believe in a woman’s right to choose," Brown says in the
letter, which was shared with POLITICO. "If we are to grow and succeed
in all parts of this great nation, we must be a “big-tent” party. There
are people of goodwill on both sides of the abortion issue, and we need
to send a message to voters that there is room in the Republican Party
for differing perspectives."
My colleague James Hohmann reported from Tampa
today that the 2012 Republican platform calls for banning abortion in
all cases and does not include an exemption for victims of rape. That
creates a potential challenge for GOP candidates in light of the
controversy swirling around Akin's comments on rape and abortion.
There's no Republican who has to play his cards more carefully on
social issues than Brown, who's running in a deeply Democratic state. In
his message to Priebus, the senator explicitly distances himself from
the official policy document of the Republican Party.
"The Party platform is, of course, not a platform for every
Republican candidate. In Massachusetts, I’ll be running on my own
platform, and focusing on how to create jobs and get our economy moving
again, strengthening our employer community by keeping taxes low and
reducing burdensome regulations, and controlling spending through
passage of a balanced budget amendment," Brown writes. "But the
Republican Party would be well-served to recognize in its platform that
you can be pro-choice and still be a good Republican."


Added: Aug-21-2012 Occurred On: Aug-21-2012
By: dcmfox
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  • Good.... as the GOP continues to succumb to the dark-side, more and more Republicans are starting to realize that they are really Libertarians.

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    • @EventHorizon2012

      I'm not positive but libertarians are republicans without the religion attached, to be blunt.

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    • @dcmfox

      No, it goes way beyond religion.

      While most Libertarians do tend to be conservative in their own personal lives (and so, outwardly resemble Republicans), a true Libertarian values everyone's individual freedom above their own personal likes and dislikes.

      That's why you can have someone like Ron Paul, who, while he himself would never smoke marijuana, is diametrically opposed to imprisoning people who do.

      Republicans AND Democrats for the most part just want to force their own person More..

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  • It's hard to keep the crazies from burning our world to the Ground. Good Luck...

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  • another reason I really like Brown. I don't agree with everything he stands for but he's proven himself to be a very independent senator and we need more open minded people in politics. We have far left nut jobs obsessing over race and idiot republicans who spend more time caring about if someone is gay than getting anything done to improve our economy. If Warren wins MA we're in big trouble. she is as far left as you can get.

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  • One of the reasons that conservatives have distanced themselves from the old school hard core republican party. Also one of the reasons the Tea Party was born. Not what was hijacked, the original version that includes all centrists from both major parties, which still exists.

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    • @I-LiveLeaked-My-Pants To a point. Birth control being equated with abortion is ignorant and stupid. Abortion I find distasteful, but I also find passing laws to force everyone else to see things my way equally distasteful.

      Partial birth abortions, where they pull the kid most of the way out and stab it the neck to kill it? That's fucked up. If you waited that long to decide to get rid of it, it's too late.

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    • @kajidono

      Agreed, 20 weeks max.

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  • How can the Republicans be a 'big tent party' when not everyone in the US are morons?

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  • Of course he did. He's been saying a lot of shit against the GOP lately.

    He's very close to losing the battle to an extremely liberal candidate in a liberal state.

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