Stirring Debate on Abortion, Buchanan Blasts Dole, Gramm

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Stirring Debate on Abortion, Buchanan Blasts Dole, Gramm


Ap, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Pat Buchanan reminded religious conservatives Saturday that presidential rivals Bob Dole and Phil Gramm voted for two Clinton administration Supreme Court nominees who support abortion rights.

"When the time came to stand up for life, they stood instead with Bill Clinton," Buchanan told the Christian Coalition's weekend conference. "So when they come to tell you how dedicated they are to the cause of life, answer them with the words of the Book: `Not by honeyed words, but by their fruits shall ye know them.' "

For Buchanan, it was the latest salvo in his bid to win the loyalty of Christian conservatives, the base of his support and a major GOP primary constituency. His attack came a day after Gramm and Dole appeared before the same gathering and voiced their strong opposition to abortion.

Buchanan, however, said their commitment to the anti-abortion cause was questionable, given their votes to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer to the Supreme Court.

"Not only did Bob Dole and Phil Gramm not oppose these justices, they both voted to put them on the Supreme Court - locking in Roe versus Wade for another decade," Buchanan said. …

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