Skip to comments.Carly Fiorina and life issues: unanswered questions
Posted on 05/14/2010 3:50:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
Is Carly Fiorina pro-life? The question has come to the fore of late, as she publicly contemplates a candidacy for United States Senate against Barbara Boxer and as her opponent for the California Republicans nomination in that race, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, has publicly questioned her pro-life credentials. (Full disclosure: Im a member of the DeVore campaign, so read the following with Reagans appropriated Russian dictum to trust, but verify, in mind.) An examination of the Fiorina record on this topic reveals worrying inconsistencies.
Any review of Fiorinas pro-life convictions must acknowledge that for the past 20 months, when pressed on the issue, she has declared herself pro-life. This is laudable, and as it should be: the Republican Party is the natural political home for the majority of Americans who do not believe in the Democratic agenda of unrestricted abortion-on-demand, and so it makes sense that a would-be Republican nominee for office would endorse that point of view.
Unfortunately, it is all too easy to question the depth of Fiorinas commitment to the pro-life cause. These questions range from the legitimate to the ungenerous. Among the latter would be noting, as many have, that Fiorina never uttered a public word on the topic, nor lent any support to pro-life activism, before embarking upon her political career. Indeed, pre-2008 media reports on Fiorina almost uniformly describe her as pro-choice for example, this 2004 San Jose Mercury-News piece, in which Republican insiders said Fiorina [is] moderate and pro-choice. Like the father welcoming the prodigal son, we should laud the turn to whats right. We should also note what it signifies: if Carly Fiorina says she is pro-life now, that is at minimum evidence of a California Republican base that embraces a conservativism and compassion that do it profound credit.
Legitimate questions about Fiorinas pro-life credentials arise from her activism as a McCain-campaign spokesperson in the 2008 election. (Readers may recall that she served as our party nominees surrogate until a series of foot-in-mouth moments forced the campaign to withdraw her from public view.) During this period, concurrent with her first-ever public pronouncements of pro-life sympathies, Carly Fiorina was dispatched by the McCain campaign to court a series of pro-abortion audiences. The record of these appearances is, to be charitable, deeply strange for an avowed pro-lifer.
A short sampling of events, gleaned from a quick survey of press from that period, is as follows:
* In June 2008, Fiorina assured a group of politically active women (reported in some outlets to have been discontented Clinton supporters) in Columbus, Ohio, that John McCain has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Why would a pro-lifer regard this as a positive attribute to be touted? Why would a pro-lifer sign on as a surrogate for that sort of candidate?
* In August 2008, Fiorina stood next to one Debra Bartoshevich, a Hillary Clinton partisan, at a press conference, and did not correct Bartoshevich when she said, Going back to 1999, John McCain did an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle saying that overturning Roe v. Wade would not make any sense, because then women would have to have illegal abortions. Why would a pro-lifer stand on stage and remain silent when the candidate for whom she speaks is portrayed as pro-abortion?
* In September 2008, Fiorina used the phrase, reproductive rights, at a tea in Minneapolis for business women attending the Republican National Convention, to describe the ability to secure an abortion. It is quite possible to read too much into a turn of phrase yet veteran pro-life activists know well that reproductive rights is emphatically not how the push for abortion-on-demand is described on our side. Its a curious error, and a red flag to those invested in the movement.
It seems fairly clear that Carly Fiorina was asked to deliver the message to some groups that John McCain was not particularly pro-life. For whatever reason, the McCain campaign viewed her as a good and trustworthy carrier of this message. We are therefore presented with the strange spectacle, in 2008 and since, of Fiorina proclaiming her pro-life sentiments for the first time, even as she amassed a record of publicly delivering a series of cues to the contrary.
We are left with the question of what to make of this. Was Carly Fiorina simply being a good soldier and demonstrating poor judgment? Or was she giving a wink and a nod to her actual, as opposed to her stated, views? Charity demands we assume the former even if it is not the mark of a presumptive United States Senator. Being personally pro-life, of course, is not the same as being actively and meaningfully pro-life in the public square. After all, even Jerry Brown is personally pro-life.
Pro-lifers should congratulate Carly Fiorina for her belief in the sanctity of life. But if she wants to claim it as a credit to her electoral ambitions, she has a long road ahead and some explaining to do about the road behind.
Joshua Treviño is a consultant for U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, who has a 100% rating on life and family issues from the Capitol Resource Institute.
Devore for Senate.
Fiorina is on record that she would have voted for Sonia Sotomayor.
FROM THE MOUTH OF CARLY FIORINA: I do not believe where a potential judicial nominee stands on that issue [of abortion rights] is a qualifier or an unqualifier.
CARLY: ...(W)hile that is a very important issue, it is frankly a decided issue. The law is clear in the state of California, where there is a constitutional guarantee to the right to an abortion. So why are we talking about a theoretical issue?
This is an advocate for life? No way. She is trying to fool pro-life voters into supporting her.
I do not feel in my heart she is pro life. I am saddened by Palin’s endorsement too. I like Palin though
She’s an abortionist. I’m dismayed that Sarah lowered herself to endorse her.
Perhaps she sincerely is; but the fact remains that she might be any of the following:
1.) Pro-Choice, but uncommitted enough to make a switch in order to run for the seat.
2.) Libertarianly/Personally “Pro Life.”
3.) Indifferent either way.
4.) Mostly Pro-Life, but not reliable enough an ally.
5.) Fully Pro-Life and a reliable Pro-Life ally.
She may or may not be anywhere from #1 to #5 on that list. The key point to me is that we do not need to ask this question of Chuck DeVore. His stance is unambiguous. Nobody is certain when it comes to Carly.
So if this is the most important issue when making a decision, one must ask oneself how comfortable they are with their categorization of Fiorina. In other words, just how sure are you?
I can tell you this: I'm sure about DeVore.
She’s a RINO. I hope she is not elected.
But she has approved of and as a senator will confirm pro-abortion judges. She will support abortion as a constitutional right and settled law.
No thank you.
Would rather fight Boxer face to face, man to man than get back stabbed by a cowardly liar supposedly on my side.
Purge all of Team McCain from public office, and Palin will have a pretty perfect endorsement record. The number of good Conservatives who have fallen under McCain's spell over the years is mind-boggling.
Freedom from Team McCain is no easy task, yet the means are right in front of us with just weeks to go. The stars are aligned, all the pieces are in place. Such a freedom is there for the taking.
Fiorina is PRO-Fiorina. If that means she’s pro-life one day and pro-choice the next, then so be it. That’s it. Her wet finger in the wind skill learned from McCain has become refined with developing close hold campaign events designed to compartmentalize her swings on issues. McCain used the same duplicitous tactic in 2008 and is using it now for re-election in Arizona.
bttt — agree!
I agree with the wink and a nod. I do not think for a moment she is pro life.
Why does she look so bull dykish? She is a dumbell running HP into the ground. She has gone way too far most likely because she is a female. Let her stay home and wash the dishes. And I hold highly suspect Sarah Palin endorsing her after her endorsing John Mccain. Have they gotten to you Sarah?
Fiorina is a disaster waiting to happen. We ‘ain’t seen nothing yet’ if this cold @%@&^ gets into office!
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