Five of the declared Republican presidential candidates set aside other policy differences to agree on one thing Friday: Life begins at conception. That’s the message they delivered either in person or via Skype to the National Right to Life convention in Jacksonville, Fla., according to CNN’s Political Ticker
Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has five children and has been foster parent to 23 others, told conventioneers that she is the candidate with the strongest record against abortion.
"What you want in a president is someone who is unquestionably 100 percent pro-life," said the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, perhaps begging to differ with his fellow Minnesotan’s claim, cited an article from National Review Online, a conservative news outlet, describing him as the most pro-life candidate in the GOP presidential field.
"If we're going to have a new and better direction for America, we're going to need a new and better president," Pawlenty said.
Some of the candidates based their comments on faith, the CNN report said.
For example, Herman Cain, former Godfather's Pizza CEO, blamed an increasingly secular culture for abortion and the country’s “moral crisis.”
"As believers, most of us, we've got to fight back strongly with our voices and our votes," Cain said.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a former obstetrician who said he has delivered more than 4,000 babies, said he would introduce legislation called "We the People Act," intending to shift abortion laws from the federal level to the states. "We could prevent millions of abortions by allowing states to legislate," Paul said, via Skype.
And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the government is ignoring the rights of the unborn.
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