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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 29, 2003

This weekend, in an interview with Tim Russert of MSNBC, Republican commentator Tucker Carlson said that President Bush is "functionally pro-choice," since he "doesn't really care" about the abortion issue.

That comment came from a Bush supporter, with plenty of friends in the executive branch.

If Bush really is committed to the pro-life cause, the White House should be issuing a public correction, and a chastisement to Carlson, very soon.

We're waiting...

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 30, 2003 3:05 PM ET USA

    It's a matter of prudence to take on an significant pundit who I'll accuse of saying this to attract attention. When it comes time to sign the partial birth abortion ban then there will be the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the pro-aborts.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2003 6:29 AM ET USA

    On August 3rd 2000 in his acceptance speech in Piladelphia he had the courage to state, "I AM PRO-LIFE AND I WILL SIGN INTO LAW THE BANNING OF PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION". Look what he has done with his support of his courage. I contend that Bush's opponents led by Kennedy, Leahy, Biden and Durbin have tried to bury him since because of his courage to support his PRO-LIFE position. Tim Russert the Cuomo Catholic should be forced to take Carlson to task. Pray for Barbara and Laura to see the light

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2003 8:34 PM ET USA

    Bush would not irritate any voter base. Look how he has played up to the gays and look where they want to lead the country. The naming of Estrada and the Attorney General of Alabama would indicate he is favorable toward pro-life judges. But even if he doesn't get A+, imagine what Gore would have done? Perhaps the abortion crowd is trying to trick us, but would they hate Bush so much if he weren't at least leaning pro-life?

  • Posted by: Phil - Sep. 29, 2003 8:26 PM ET USA

    OK, Jake; that's fair. Let's look at the record. It's easy to make a public statement; what really matters is how you act once you're in office. Agreed. So, based on the actual track record of the Bush Administration-- actions taken, I mean, not just public postures-- can you find compelling evidence that Carlson is wrong?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2003 7:25 PM ET USA

    I wouldn't jump to conclusions. As if the President doesn't have anything better to do than respond to then self styled "Republican Analysts" on the talk shows! Sometimes I believe these guys say these things just to get noticed. "Did you see how the White House responded to MY comments the other day?" Judge the President on his record, not on a talking head's characterization of what the President really thinks.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 29, 2003 5:48 PM ET USA

    Someone who is a "Republican" commentator doesn't have that much credence by itself. One wishes that all Republican had strong values. I am afraid that many are simply opportunists and closet Democrats. Consider our US Repblican Representative from Northeastern Illinois, Mark Steven Kirk, who has a horrendous pro-life record, not much better than his Democratic colleague, the ever-social-democrat, Jan Schakowsky. I hope that we do hear from the White House.

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