Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway says it would be a huge mistake for the GOP “to back off of its pro-life plank” because Democrats have an extreme position on abortion that alienates many voters.
“The extreme cases about abortion really exist in the left not the right,” she said, bringing up the Philadelphia trial of Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who is now accused of murder.
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"Not just patient neglect, not just malpractice, he’s on trial for seven counts of murder," she told Newsmax TV in an interview Friday, suggesting that liberal Democrats are tolerant of the kinds of abortion procedures that have been the focus of the Gosnell trial.
When asked if she agreed with Republican pollster Dick Morris that that the GOP stance on abortion is scaring off women voters, Conway said: “It would be wrong for the Republican Party to back off of its pro-life plank that’s been in its platform for decades now and has served them very well. This country is increasingly pro-life, not pro-choice, particularly young people and the call for the party to abandon its pro-life core usually comes from pro-choice people . . . But it would be a terrible philosophical and ideological compromise.”
Conway argues that Democratic politicians, such as President Barack Obama and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, ought to be held accountable for their positions on abortion.
“That’s where abortion politics should go, asking them why the Democratic Party platform allows for sex selection for abortion, allows for late-term abortions, does not respect or recognize parental consent let alone parental notification,” she said
Conway spoke to Newsmax TV at the Job Creators Alliance Free Enterprise Summit in Florida, where she addressed what Republicans need to do to have a successful 2014 election year.
Essentially, she said it would require Republicans to push the same kind of "pro-free market, pro-capitalism, pro-family values" that the party used successfully to recapture control of the House in 1994 and again in 2010.
“The candidate recruitment will go very well because there are many American men and women who are so concerned about the continuing efforts of the Obama economy and the implementation of Obamacare, which led to the 2010 wins, that they’re going to get off the sidelines and run," she added.”
Conway warned that “changing the ideology of the party would be a big mistake,” as some in the party have suggested. “There would be an exodus of conservative voters,” she said
Kellyanne Conway is founder and president of the polling company, inc./Women Trend, a Washington, D.C.-based research and polling firm.
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