Monday, March 14, 2005

Rice No-Eight?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 1:54 PM

Condi Rice made news over the weekend with predictable if surprisingly assertive denials of presidential aspirations for 2008, and with views on abortion that she described (initially in a Washington Times interview) as "mildly pro-choice." She fleshed this out a bit Sunday morning on Meet the Press (transcript here):


Q: You told the Washington Times on Friday you were mildly pro-choice. What does that mean?

RICE: It means that like many Americans I find the issue of abortion very difficult. I believe it ought to be as rare as possible. Nobody wants to see anyone go through that. I favor parental notification. I favor a ban on late-term abortion. But I, myself, am not a fan of having the government intervene in the laws.

Q: You would not outlaw it?

RICE: No.


Some on the right see this as a deal breaker for a Rice presidential bid. Question, especially for conservative readers: Does this position on abortion make her unacceptable as a Republican presidential candidate? Does it effectively disqualify her from seeking the GOP nomination?

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