Barbour: GOP Needs to Make Room for Supporters of Abortion Rights « The Washington Independent
The Iowa Independent’s Jason Hancock attended Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s speech at the “Night of the Rising Stars” GOP fundraiser last night in Des Moines, Iowa. Notably, Barbour — who has been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate — encouraged the party to try to expand its base by making overtures to supporters of abortion rights:
Party building is about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division, Barbour said at a party fundraiser in Des Moines. The GOP must be inclusive, he argued, and that idea extends to even the most divisive political issues. To make his point, Barbour pointed out that he helped pass several anti-abortion bills as governor, eventually garnering his state the reputation as “the safest place in the nation for an unborn child.” But he said there are good Republicans who don’t agree with him on the issue.
“There are tens of millions of pro-choice Republicans that are just as good Republicans as I am, and we need to support them,” he said, adding: “That’s what party building is about, and don’t think that is giving up your principles.”
Check out Hancock’s full report here.