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Bob Dole’s Running Mates and Abortion

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Today NARAL unveils its new television ad and will hold a news conference in Washington to talk about presidential candidate Bob Dole’s stance on abortion issues. We are joined by James Wagner of NARAL to talk about Bob Dole’s potential running mates and their stand on abortion. Potential running mate Connie Mack, the Florida Senator, has a comprehensive anti-choice record in the senate. This is in line most of Dole’s potential running mates. Wagner states Dole has already made commitments to the Christian Coalition and other organizations that he will move ahead with the anti-choice agenda. For this reason Wagner sees Dole’s choice of running mate as having very little effect on the abortion policy of a Republican administration. Carrol Campbell, governor of North Carolina, is seen as more moderate largely because he has skirmished with the extreme right wing of the party over abortion. The governor believes in flying the Confederate Flag over the capitol of North Carolina and has a strong anti-choice record. Arizona Senator and potential running mate John McCain has cast 79 votes on abortion and reproductive rights and 75 of those votes were anti-choice votes. Of Three Midwestern governors and potential running mates, John Englar of Michigan and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin have already shown in their own states that they will support strong anti-choice measures. Jim Edgar of Illinois is seen as having a mixed stance on abortion.

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