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Herman Cain speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference at in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Herman Cain is in damage control mode with conservatives after suspiciously pro-choice, liberal-sounding comments he made on abortion. The Republican tried to clarify his position to Christian Broadcast News. The newly released statement reads:
"Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the president.
I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.
My answer was focused on the role of the president. The president has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.
I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a president can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life."
Red flags were raised within the right–wing when he said he was personally, but not politically, pro-life during the interview in question:
"It comes down to it's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you're not talking about that big a number. So what I'm saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make.
Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue."
That soundbite didn't sit well with them. In the larger context of the interview, he said believes in "abortion under no circumstances," even in the case of rape or incest. His stance just came out incredibly jumbled, apparently.