The NRLC’s Thompson endorsement shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back in March when reports were surfacing that Thompson was pro-choice in 1994, I spoke with the group’s executive co-director Darla St. Martin, and she strongly defended Thompson’s pro-life credentials. I had always assumed he’d get their endorsement if he jumped into the race. Some have questioned why they would endorse a candidate who opposes a human life amendment, but as far as I understand, the NRLC has long advocated an incremental approach on the abortion issue. It doesn’t surprise me that they’d be satisfied with Thompson’s 100% pro-life voting record and anti- Roe v. Wade stance. Anybody who is surprised by this endorsement is just buying into pro-Romney spin that somehow it’s a two-man race, and Romney is the viable social conservative alternative to Giuliani. In reality, the race remains a lot more complicated, and social conservatives are not ready en masse to jump on the bandwagon of a Massachusetts politician who was pro-choice for at least 35 years, and publicly pro-life for about two and a half.
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