Talking to Porter about biotech research this afternoon, I prefaced a question about embryonic stem cells by asking him whether he was pro-life or pro-choice.
“I don’t know if that’s where government needs to be,” he dodged.
I pressed a little bit, and he said he believes abortion ought to be legal in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life. So, otherwise, you’re pro-life, then, right? Right, he said, but with the caveat that state governments don’t have much control over the issue.
“I really think this is something that ought to be handled in the courts later,” he said.
Then, reiterating that abortion isn’t a priority for him, he skillfully steered the conversation back to what he really wanted to talk about.
“I think when people are better-educated, there are fewer abortions,” he said. “I’m going to put the emphasis of my administration on education.”
A) Is his campaign now officially dead?
B) How long until his wife is forced to throw him under the bus?