Santorum goes after second candidate over anti-abortion pledge
June 21st, 2011
09:46 AM ET
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Santorum goes after second candidate over anti-abortion pledge

(CNN) - One the same day he formally announced his presidential bid, a rival for the Republican nomination criticized Jon Huntsman for not signing an anti-abortion pledge. But the campaign of the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China was quick to respond.

A web video released Tuesday morning by the GOP presidential campaign of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania parodies the web videos of a man riding a motorcycle through the desert that the Huntsman team have put out over the past week to tease their candidate's formal declaration.

But the Santorum video has text that says Huntsman "hasn't signed the anti-abortion pledge. Just like Mitt Romney..." and then shows the motorcycle crash landing.

The Huntsman campaign responded, in an email to CNN.

"People who rely on pledges usually don't have a record. Fortunately Governor Huntsman, a life-long, no flip flops pro-lifer, has actually signed anti-abortion legislation into law - that's a signature that makes a difference. Not only that, Jon Huntsman has lived it. He and Mary Kaye adopted two children, Gracei Mei who had been abandoned in a Chinese market and Asha from an orphanage in India," said Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller.

Friday the Susan B. Anthony List announced that five Republican presidential candidates had signed their "pro-life leadership presidential pledge." Those five candidates were Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

SBA also pointed out that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson had not signed the pledge. The group, a political action committee that among other things helps anti-abortion female candidates, did not mention Huntsman, who was not an official candidate at the time.

SBA said they will send Huntsman the pledge to sign, now that he's formally jumping into the race.

Saturday Santorum criticized Romney for not signing the pledge.

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Jon Huntsman • Rick Santorum • SBA
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wolf

    When conservatives drop the abortion issue (it's legal on a federal level and up to the states to decide in their own senate) because it is so divisive then they will have stepped out of the dark ages and into present day. Abortion was decided in Roe v Wade. It's legal...dont' want one then don't have one. Drop the issue!

    June 21, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. wr

    Wow. The pro-abortion crowd is still trying to claim this has anything to do with women's rights? Might want to crack a journal there sometime, people. Our scientific knowledge about what is a human life has progressed a little since 1974. How long do you really think you can distract people from the truth?

    June 21, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. DandyStryker

    Part of the snake oil that Republicons have sold is that being "anti abortion" means supporting legislation that criminalizes what a woman does with her body.

    *True* anti-abortion legislation is aimed at reducing/eliminating unwanted pregnancies. A person can't truly be "anti abortion" unless they favor birth control and sex education. Unfortunately, the Cons are against those things as much as they are for criminalizing a woman's decision to abort a zygote.

    These are not "pro lifers" so much as they are "anti women." If they were "pro life" they wouldn't support wars and bombing civilians - they'd actually stand for life. And if they were "anti abortion" they'd be working tirelessly to eliminate unwanted pregnancies. But the Cons do neither .... so it's clear that theirs is a war against women, and little else.

    June 21, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. lynn

    The GOP wants to get rid of new health care insurance, but force women back into alleys for their abortions. Women have for thousands of years have needed abortions for their own private reasons, politicians don't give a hoot for the unborn, only the votes they can get from the religious right-wing faction.

    June 21, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. A Mom

    @sgt joe. You speak of extreme ideology? Killing unborn babies is about as extreme as one can get.

    June 21, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Joe, Louisville, KY

    This is why Romney will get the nomination and, I believe, be our next President, It really is about time we took our party back from these extremists. The President is the leader of ALL of America not just a few loonies on either fringe.

    And shame on you CNN for continuing to give these people airtime!

    June 21, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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