Of course it was too good (or weird) to be true! After a series of interviews on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN wherein Herman Cain completely contradicted the views of the rest of his party on abortion, he took it all back.
Last night, he told Piers Morgan that abortion, "ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family." On Meet the Press, he maintained that he believed in "life after conception," but when he was asked if abortion was acceptable if the life of the mother was at risk, he insisted, "That family is going to have to make that decision." He even said on FOX News that if a woman is raped, having an abortion is "her choice, that is not government's choice."
Sounds a lot like a pro-choicer's words to me. But in an act of defiance, Cain found a serious media platform on which he could finally set the record straight. He went to Twitter.
Still doesn't explain why so much of what he says decidedly isn't pro-life. So he released a statement as well!
"Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.
I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.
My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.
I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life."
Seems like old Herm doesn't really know what he thinks. Why would he assume he was being asked whether he, as president, would personally order people to not have abortions? Why would that ever happen? And for what reason would he constantly reiterate that abortion is "not the government's choice," when he is happy to veto funds for Planned Parenthood? As if we needed more reasons to not ever elect this dude. I'm sure he'll be hopping on the "you can get pap smears at Walgreens!" crazywagon soon.