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How to Handle a Question About a Social Issues “Truce”

By on 7.15.10 | 10:31AM

Tim Pawlenty does a pretty good job of it in a RealClearPolitics interview

RCP: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has called for a "truce" on social issues such as abortion for the next few years that would allow Americans who agree on fiscal but not social issues to work together to fix the nation's financial problems. Do you support that?

Pawlenty: I'm not sure what Mitch had in mind there but there's a whole coalition of people and interests and issues that comprise the conservative movement and the conservative perspective. I'm a fiscal conservative as well as a social conservative, so I don't think it's an either/or. I think it's both. And right now the economy is a pressing issue for the nation, and we're all primarily focused on that and jobs and the like, but that's not to say there isn't space to discuss other issues.

Moderating the rhetoric and emphasizing fiscal concerns is fine. 

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