Blitzer's Blog: How will abortion play out in tonight's debate?
June 13th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
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Blitzer's Blog: How will abortion play out in tonight's debate?

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Issue number one in presidential politics is certainly the economy and jobs. For many Americans, the social issues, including abortion, are not at the top of the agenda. That is the case even for many conservative Republicans and Tea Party activists who have gathered in New Hampshire for tonight's CNN Republican presidential debate. They are also deeply worried about the nation's mounting debt.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, however, is one candidate who certainly doesn't run away from the social issues. His opposition to abortion rights for women is well-known, though I was surprised to learn the degree of his fierce opposition.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    You could probably say that abortion is the main and overriding theme for this evening: it will be a contest to see which candidate can most effectively and most quickly abort common sense, fact-and-evidence-based rational thought and any sense of objective reality in their race to the anti-intellectual bottom.

    June 13, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Ed

    sick of hearing about abortion and gays lets talk jobs. Jobs Jobs Please!!!!! lets talk getting out of Iraq and afganastan and not going into libia and syria. lets talk about helping the people that lost there homes in the tornato's no matter if they had an abortion or are gay. come on CNN the middle class is getting killed and all you can do is talk about the gays and abotion.

    June 13, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. gt

    santorum doesnt have a chance .. he is playing to handful of the faithful pro life,, and thats it..

    June 13, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Radsenior

    Abortion should play no part in this debate! These are politician's forcing their religious beliefs onto gullible American citizens.
    These self appointed politicians forcing their Social conservative values on the American public? Who do these people think they are shoving their social agenda down the throat of the American public? America does not go to their church. America does not need politicians to dictate as if kings and queens command.

    June 13, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    His opposition to abortion rights for women is well-known, though I was surprised to learn the degree of his fierce opposition.
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    Ironic that people so wrapped up in the Constitution and personal freedom feel they have a right to tell others how to live. Legislating morality in a democracy such as ours is impossible, and in fact seemingly prohibited by the same Constitution that some people wrapped themselves into so patriotically. They're hypocrites and misrepresentatives of moral values. Santorum, or any other participant for that matter, would be a complete fool to bring up social issues ahead of jobs, budgets, deficits and the econonmy in general. - I think some fool will be bold enough to do it during their opening remarks despite my warning.

    June 13, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. bobby

    Just like it always has???? Repubs don,t want medical attention to women. Everybody knows that? Thats how they get the evangelical vote. Evangelicals: Abortion is #1 agenda to them, even if their poor,with no Job? Go Figure That? ANYTHING BUT JOBS!!!

    June 13, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Canuck

    Republicans are bizarre. They preach less government but then they want to be able to control intimate aspects of a woman's life. Also ,they only care about you until you're actually born – then they will quite happily deny you health care, social security and will ship you off as cannon fodder in their pointless, wasteful wars.

    June 13, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Nini

    The social issues are not priority and CNN knows that. So if Republican are smart they shouldn't take the bait. They need to focus on economy, Obama Care, budget (Paul Rayna), border security , defense (military and Cyber) and the Class warfare Democrats have engaged in (Not demonizing industries, and some sector of society).
    They shouldn't allow CNN to get trap them in social topics.

    June 13, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. George W Evans

    Mr. Blitzer...please remind these GOPers that their 'Pledge To America' from the 112 Congress...was the 'Economy & Jobs'?! I don't recall...the 'Pledge' mentioning...abortion rights!?! For that matter...I'm interested in how the GOPers are going to for fill their...still promise of...JOBS JOBS...JOBS!?!?

    June 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. zack

    Please stop focusing on these irrelevant issues. The next president will not affect abortion policy without the cooperation of Congress and the Courts. We should be focused on how the president can help turn around this dismal economy, and foreign policy, both of which have been driven into the ground the by the establishment. A non-interventionist foreign policy would save us trillions and stimulate massive economic growth at home. Ron Paul 2012.

    June 13, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I agree that the economy and the candidates ideas to cut the federal budget and save us from bankruptcy should be given top priority tonight. However, there also should be some questions on foreign policy and social issues. Libertarian leaning conservatives would be making a big mistake to think that candidates should completely ignore social issues. Conservatism is an alliance between fiscal conservatives (many of whom lean libertarian), social conservatives (some of whom need to be reminded to be more fiscally conservative), and national defense conservatives (some of whom are neocons). We do not agree on everything but we have to work together to win and thus we need to pick a candidate who is conservative in all three areas.

    June 13, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Things that make you say, "Hmm."
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    -People who are generally anti-abortion, are usually the same people who are pro-Death penalty.
    -People who are generally pro-abortion, are usually the same people who are anti-Death penalty.
    "Hmm."

    June 13, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "the Class warfare Democrats have engaged in "

    Yeah, because everyone knows that fighting back against 3+ decades of all the wealth in this country getting re-distributed to the very very wealthy and concerted efforts by the GOP to strip Americans of their labor rights all the way back to the 18th century...that's shameful class warfare. How dare the middle-class stick up for itself. Why, of all the...the nerve of some people. This is a country by the rich and coroprations and for the rich and corporations and the rest of us are supposed to bend over and take it...otherwise we're engaged in class warfare.

    Yawn.

    June 13, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    A government just small enough that they have enough people to monitor every uterus in the country. I say HAWG WASH. They just want women to become their useful objects for breeding their troops for all their future wars.

    Ain't republicans grand? When will we all be tested to see if we're qualified to vote? That's next.

    June 13, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Oregon Calling

    I can't remember, was that that focus of their 2010 bid and why the won so many contests? Oh yeah, the focus was on JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace :-)

    June 13, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |