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.”