Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Perry targeted Iowa front-runner Herman Cain on Saturday night at a gathering of social conservatives, questioning the former pizza executive’s stated opposition to abortion rights.
Perry, who has stumbled in Republican polls as Cain has risen, was speaking at a banquet in Iowa organized by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,” Perry said. “That is not pro-life, that is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.”
Perry did not mention Cain by name but the implication was clear.
Cain took hits from several of his GOP rivals earlier this week after an appearance on CNN in which he appeared to suggest that while he was personally opposed to abortion, families should ultimately be allowed to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy in cases of rape or incest.
Cain has since distanced himself from the remarks, and said in his own speech at the Faith and Freedom event that he was opposed to abortion, “no exceptions.”
Perry, though, made a point of devoting several minutes of his speech to the topic of abortion, an appeal to the roughly 1,000 conservative activists at the event.
He pointed to a litany of bills he has passed in Texas that have restricted abortion, including parental notification legislation and the de-funding of Planned Parenthood there.
"Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience, it is a core conviction," he said.
Faith and Freedom–mutually exclusive.
It never fails to amaze me how this bunch of flip flopping slimeballs is always harping on getting rid of big government and its intrusion into your life. Yet they want government in your bedroom and in your body. They're such hypocrites!
The self righteousness in the room must have cut off the oxygen for clear thinking.
More Republican schizophrenia.
How do you spell Big Government?? Perry, Wrongny, Cain't, Bachman, Santorious.
I don't know where he stands. Either it is a choice for a family to make or the government needs to decide for women. Either one is very condescending towards women.
So, does Cain think the family should decide for women?
Or, does he think the government should decide for women?
Vote Cain. The only Man to stand up against the poor. If your poor get a job. If you have a job, get a second job. If you are middle class, it's your problem. If your rich please contribute. Hemie McCain 2012!
Mr. Perry, you are now just comic relief for the rest of the candidates. I would vote for Mr. Cain before I would vote for you. Under your tender, loving care, the Texas school system wouldn't be welcome in a third-world country. Maybe the people in Texas love you, the rest of us not so much.
Perry is dead wrong here... People who really don't government to control their lives would allow women to control their own reproductive decisions – even if the decision was repugnant to others. Perry is saying he wants a bunch of old men in the Congress to decide if women will have an minute zygote scraped off the wall of their uterus. Is that big brother or what?
Do any of these GOP candidates have anything to say about what they are for by way of policies which will create jobs in this country and rebuild its infrastructure, or are they all about who is the farthest to the right on abortion, evolution, Jesus-is-my-personal-savior stuff? None of these last things matter as a way to insure a strong future for this country!
Hey Pizzaman-Look out! He's got a gun!
Or do you think he's just compensating for something:-)
Abortion? Really? Why are they still talking about this? Isn't there a million other pressing issues right now. The GOP wants abortion banned! Then birth control! Then women can forget educaton! Finally they can where Berkas like all of the other women treated like dogs in this world. GOP women pop your heads out before you send your selves 200 years into the past! I cannot believe what these GOP candidates are spewing. The only one that sounds normal is Huntsman. He fought to bring the state of Utah, and fought the Mormons to bring this state back into this century. His conversation right now is more relevant to the countries needs.
For a family or a mother a place like Planned Parenthood can literally be a Godsend. They rely upon donations for the most part but their services are rendered for the ultimate good that a family/mother having a choice to have a second chance. I understand the argument for pro-life, however, I humbly disagree. Those who are pro-life are more often than not the same folks that do not read or understand the Quran (or do not remotely want to out of ignorance) and believe that democracy can exist anywhere in the world. Simply put, this is a discussion/argument that will go on forever without a decisive or relevant "victory" for those on either side of the theological isle.
Perry is a champion of pro-life,.. except he loves to carry out executions of several hundred prisoners in his state. What a phony Christian!!!
Remember when Bush questioned McCain's military history ?
You haven't seen nothing yet .
Rick Perry is a THUG , another Texas career political THUG !
Cain is just now coming to terms with Tea Party hypocracy.
Of course, the big bad government should stay completely out of our lives. And of course, the goverment should force those who are raped or molested to bring their illegitimate children into this world regardless of their choice in the matter.
This is only one example of Tea Party hypocracy, and Cain must learn to speak from both sides of his mouth if he is going to stay popular among these wingnuts.
so did he call him "brother" this time??
Probably the most incompetant couple in politics.