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The Planned Parenthood Republicans May 11, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.

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FITSNews – May 11, 2007 – When the negativity ultimately hits the airwaves in the 2008 South Carolina presidential primary – and rest assured it will – chalk up the second week of May 2007 as a veritable treasure trove of material for ad writers. The party got started on Tuesday when The Politico reported that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his ex-wife donated six times to Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s leading abortion advocacy groups. Not to be outdone, yesterday The Boston Globe reported that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s wife Ann also contributed to the organization. Not surprisingly, abortion is now emerging as bigger issue in this primary than many expected.

So what’s the big deal? Well, in social conservative circles (particularly in South Carolina), Planned Parenthood goes over about as well as male thong swimsuits, devil worship and three dollar a gallon gas prices. Simply put, evidence of a contribution to the group is precisely the kind of nugget that political consultants like to put in television ads in an effort to remind voters that a candidate “isn’t one of us.”

But will that strategy work? Polling data in South Carolina suggests that a broader percentage of the electorate – even the GOP electorate – is more attuned to fiscal issues than they are to social issues. Political scientists attribute this to a surge of moderate, out-of-state voters moving to South Carolina’s coastal regions – voters who are primarily focused on pocketbook issues like taxes and spending over the more emotionally-charged debates over abortion, stem cell research and gay rights. Having said that, while it has been proven that a top-of-the-ticket, statewide race can be won in South Carolina by paying lip service to the social conservative base (i.e. Mark Sanford in 2002), it remains to be seen whether a candidate can win with a record of opposing one of the core issues to which that base still clings …



1. E - May 11, 2007

That car is fantastic

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