Thursday, October 18, 2012
Can Romney move toward the center on abortion rights without alienating his base?
Why Social Conservatives Don’t Mind Romney’s New Abortion Pivot
It seems a safe bet that the campaigns are looking at internal polling saying the same thing, because suddenly both candidates are working hard to win over pro-abortion rights women. For Romney, who struggled to prove his anti-abortion rights bona fides during the Republican primary, this could be tricky. But social conservatives are likely to cut him quite a bit of slack, as a Romney victory could easily mean the end of Roe v. Wade. For that long-cherished dream, it’s worth putting up with a bit of rhetorical moderation.
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at email@example.com