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Christine Todd Whitman: Most Republican Women Support Abortion Rights

11:23 am - 05/13/2012
At a lunchtime discussion Thursday, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman — a Republican — said she feels ostracized by her party. But, she said, average Republicans — "people who believe in the party that I grew up with, the party that believes in the individual" — have more in common with her than many liberals might think,

Whitman claimed that the majority of Republican women support the right to choose. They may oppose late-term abortions, she said, but few actually want abortion banned in all cases — and that Mitt Romney's opposition to abortion rights is the major reason he's had trouble appealing to female voters.

Whitman — the founder of a direct nomination program for centrist candidates called Americans Elect — complained that Republicans were playing to an increasingly narrow base: she said it was as though each candidate were asking himself, "How can I be a little more extreme?" But she didn't exempt the left from her criticisms, saying that Democratic politicians were equally guilty of disregarding moderate voters. She characterized Obama's gay marriage statement Wednesday as a move to appeal to his most liberal constituents: "It was a way to reenergize his base, which had been dissatisfied" with his failure to speak on the issue.

If she had her way, Whitman said, the state would "get out of the business of marriage, period." She favors a European model in which any couple, regardless of gender, can have their union legally recognized, and where the idea of "marriage" is left to religious groups to sort out. She added, "I've been married 36 years and I'm not worried about a gay couple somehow threatening my marriage."

Whitman's immediate goal is to get a moderate candidate chosen through Americans Elect on the 2012 ballot, so that he or she can participate in debates, and she said that possibilities include John Huntsman, Ron Paul, and activist Michaelene Risley. Whitman added that her parents met at the 1931 Republican National Convention, and her father described the Republican Party he belonged to as like an umbrella, covering lots of different people. She hopes for a return to those days, a move away from what she sees as a hyper-partisan political climate where every candidate's position on every issue "has to be all or nothing."


winniechili 13th-May-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
LOL Americans Elect.

LOL "moderate Republicans."

LOL this poor delusional lady.
missmurchison 13th-May-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Christie, as governor of New Jersey, you used pension funds to give tax breaks to the rich so that state employees, many of whom are women (and one of whom is my sister) are looking at an impoverished retirement. As head of the EPA, you lied about the dangers of working at Ground Zero. I'll keep all that in mind before I listen to a word you say.
anolinde 13th-May-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Honestly, this wouldn't surprise me. The Republican party seems to have been taken over by a small, yet vocal group of religious extremists - I wouldn't doubt that a lot of registered Republicans are more moderate in various regards.

Then again, wasn't there a personhood vote in some state recently that was struck down by a very slim margin?
kitschaster 13th-May-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
sparkindarkness 13th-May-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Her "moderate" Republicans still have to be homophobic arseholes it seems - and she characterises our rights as "extreme"

She favors a European model in which any couple, regardless of gender, can have their union legally recognized, and where the idea of "marriage" is left to religious groups to sort out

*looks around* here I was thinking I was in Europe. Either I'm not or she's talking bullshit.

And it's amazing how all these trolls come out of the woodwork demanding government get out of the business of marriage and let the churches sort it out but only when we start talking about marriage equality
amyura 13th-May-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Has Ms. Whitman seen this?

Today's Democrats are FAR from extreme leftists. They're the moderate Republicans of 20-30 years ago, with a few exceptions like Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Jackie Schier. The Affordable Care Act is more right-wing than Richard Nixon's original ideas for health-care reform. The Democratic-led education reform movement is completely under the thumb of right-wing businessmen who want to run for-profit charter schools. The USDA is led by an Obama appointee who's chummy with ADM, Monsanto, ConAgra, and Cargill. Extreme leftists my ass.

If Whitman really wanted to support a moderate, she'd vote for Obama, as he's the closest thing we have to a moderate. If she wants a TRUE moderate, she'd have to support someone her fellow Republicans would call a Communist.

Edited for grammar

Edited at 2012-05-13 04:53 pm (UTC)
effervescent 14th-May-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I remember reading at one point that in some ways Steven Harper and Obama are right on part with each other, and that just sort of made me boggle. Hopefully we will not drift to the right the way the US has.
dustbunny105 14th-May-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
If she wants a TRUE moderate, she'd have to support someone her fellow Republicans would call a Communist.

Nah, pretty sure that's still just Obama.
kaowolfie 14th-May-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well that's a horrifying chart.

wtb extreme leftist president, house, and senate. IT WOULD BE SO AWESOME, YOU GUYS.
mirhanda 13th-May-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Whitman's immediate goal is to get a moderate candidate...she said that possibilities include John Huntsman, Ron Paul,.

Ron Paul?!?

In what world is gutting environmental protection and eliminating all federal non-discrimination laws MODERATE?!?
amyura 13th-May-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
But he wants to end the war and legalize drugs!!!!
elialshadowpine 13th-May-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
A terrifyingly scary one.
erunamiryene 13th-May-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, lady, you get that you're not considered a Republican anymore, right? Just wondering?

These are the people who screeched "TREASON!" over Michele Bachmann having dual citizenship with Switzerland, the people who have tracked down a landlord's kids and brother to protest the fact that someone in one of his buildings runs an abortion clinic, the people who actually use "that's so gay" as an insult in a public statement, the people who aren't even hiding that they're racist, bigoted assholes who hate every single person who isn't male, cis, straight, rich, and white.
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