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
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?
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?