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Rossi resists defining himself on abortion

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm with 3 Comments »
June 11, 2010 5:13 pm

Dino Rossi says he won’t back down from his position on abortion, but he won’t say exactly what that position is.

The U.S. Senate candidate was asked in a question-and-answer session with tea party groups in Vancouver if he defines himself as pro-life.

His answer was one he frequently gives: “My wife and I are both Catholic and believe every soul has a value.”

He said he was told during his campaigns for governor that he could win if he would change his position on abortion. He told these unnamed people: “If I had to change my position on the issue of conscience to be govenor, I’d rather not be governor.”

But Rossi resisted defining himself as pro-life — or for that matter, pro-choice, or somewhere in the gray area where many people fall. In follow-up questions from reporters, he repeated that every soul has a value. And he added: “I always have protected life.”

He explained, as he has before: “It’s not an issue I run on.”

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. He’s either “fo’ it” or “agin’ it”

    That’s politics in this Great Nation. Stand up on your beliefs Dino, and let the voters decide.

    Giving unspecified, non-contributory answers does not help you win an election.

  2. janicegammill says:

    This abortion issue has been decided by the courts and frankly I cringe when someone is asked this anymore! This issue is germane to what? When will the MSM move on from this stupid nonsense! Geez let’s ask some tough questions of the freaking issues of the day! Yuck!

  3. tjnpuyallup says:

    We should cut Jordan a break on this one because he’s relatively new to the TNT.

    Everyone else in that room was well aware of Dino’s pro-life position. He probably didn’t feel the need to restate it. He probably also doesn’t feel the need to tell a room full of Mariner fans that Ken Griffey Jr. was a baseball player.

    In the 2004 & 2008 campaigns, the Democrats kindly spent millions of dollars explaining he is pro-life. HIs answer at the time “correctly” was he is pro-life but the Governor of Washington does not play a role in that issue.

    A few other hints to his position could be when he says he’s Catholic, he probably isn’t expressing disagreement with Pope John Paul II 2004 statement that pro-choice Catholic politicians shouldn’t take communion. The statement “If I had to change my position to become Governor…” I’m guessing he wouldn’t run and hide from being pro-choice in WA St.

    If that isn’t enough evidence; 399,016 hits under Rossi+abortion on Yahoo search coupled with the unwavering support he received from Human Life of WA may shed some light on the matter.

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