Several days ago, I was reading Politico and I found out that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty would be making a special announcement on his Facebook page later that day. Only visible to those who “liked” his page! I immediately went to Facebook, liked Tim Pawlenty and a mere three hours later, discovered what I already suspected: The governor is running for president.
It’s starting now—Republican nomination hopefuls are forming exploratory committees, making speeches and testing the waters for 2012. Let’s take a look at some of the men (and Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman!) who want to become Commander-in-Chief—and their views on a woman’s right to choose:
- Donald Trump—in September the real estate mogul was the subject of nearly 30 questions in a telephone poll conducted in New Hampshire, and since then his name keeps floating around in pre-primary discussions.Surprisingly, the man who claimed that President Obama was not born in this country has said on the record twice that he is pro-choice, although hefavors a ban on partial-birth abortions. “I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors,” he said to the Associated Press in 1999.
- Texas Governor Rick Perry- the HPV-vaccine mandating, creationism-in-schools promoting, death-penalty supporting, global-warming denying, anti-Lawrence v. Texas ruling governor is SHOCKER: extremely pro-life. However,Perry is starting to look like a long shot as a candidate: he himself has said that a 2012 run was a “definite no, brother.” He wasn’t talking to his brother.
- Remember former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee? He’s back, and he’s still opposing abortion even in cases of rape or incest! He also still probably believes that it would be a “good day for America” if Roe v. Wade wereo verturned! Joy of joys! This gets better and better! From Wikipedia: “In one 1996 case, the abortion clinic that performed an abortion on a 15-year-old Arkansas girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather was denied Medicare reimbursement by Huckabee.” How Christian!
I can’t handle how thrilling this is! There are so many candidates and the only one who respects my right to choose has a catchphrase! What a world!
Stay tuned for my next 2012 candidate coverage, where I clue you into the political stances of Mississippi governor Haley Barbor, former Massachusettsgovernor Mitt Romney and Texas 14th representative Ron Paul! It’s going to be a fun primary season (unless you might need in abortion in the next 8 years, inwhich case it’s not going to be very fun at all)!