DuBose Porter Slips Up, Admits To Being Pro-Life.

Blake Aued had an interesting exchange with Democratic Candidate for Governor DuBose Porter (hat tip: Political Insider).

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?


  1. edmund says:

    Carol Porter is a ticking time bomb and the “dynamic duo” gimmick is already biting them in the butt. Good times.

    • galiberal says:

      Timebomb? I say she has the best chance of any democratic candidate to defeat an incumbent Republican. People are sick of Cagle… and between Cagle and Richardson, I think Georgians want some ethics back under the Gold Dome!

      • Doug Grammer says:

        I started to argue with you, but statewide, the Lt. Gov. is the only GOP candidate running for re-election, not counting Kemp who hasn’t served a full term. We will see what happens with the State Superintendent of Schools.

    • Romegaguy says:

      that’s what I was wondering.

      I wonder who gets more total votes this summer, Ray McBerry or Dubose Porter.

  2. Mad Dog says:


    His wife will wait until he says, ghetto grandmothers (Deal) … I’m not a crook (Nixon) … Read my lips, NO New Taxes! (Bush I) … three or more subpoenas by the State Ethics Commission (Ox) … a $300,000 fine by the U.S. House of Representatives (Newt who changed his last name to Gringrich) … a scandal involving the sale of drugs to finance illegal gun sales to ‘Freedom Fighters who are the moral equivalence of our Founding Fathers” (Reagan) … secret negotiations with the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini (Reagan) … establishing diplomatic relations with Suddam (Reagan) … forcing her to have an abortion (allegedly Bob Barr) … tells the world he has a wide stance on the toilet … divorces her if she gets breast cancer (Newt) … solicites sex from male pages (Mark Foley) … gets convicted on obstruction of justice charges … (Scooter Libby) … resignes after allegations he sexually harassed ten female members of his staff (Packwood) … fathers a bi-racial love child with a 15 year old maid … changes his name to Jack Abramoff … poses for Playgirl … solicits a male undercover police officer for oral sex (Allen in Florida) … leaks classified information (John Boehner) … has an affair in Argentina (Sanford) … hiring a male escort (Richard Curtis) … being a gay male escort (Gannon) … a conviction for ‘sleeping with a 13 year old girl (Donald “Buzz” Lukens,) or … sex with a mule at the age of 11 in South Georgia with a name like … Horsley.

  3. galiberal says:

    Pro-Life? Is anyone Pro-Death?

    I think Dubose’s stance really reflects what the majority of Georgians believe… Abortions are not a good thing and he wants to decrease them in our state. At the same time, he realizes there are times when they may be necessary, such as rape, incest, and the health of the mother’s life.

    No one “likes” abortions and I don’t think anyone believes that abortions are a good thing. If you want to elect a pro-life politician, you should look for one who will enact policies that make it better for women, children, and families in our state. Which, as Dubose stated, better education will lead to fewer abortions… and that is why he supports education.

    More importantly, why is peachpundit jumping on this story 4 days late? Isn’t this the conservative view, being more pro-life? Seems like you guys are jumping on this story because it is politically convenient.

    Do you disagree with Mr. Porter’s stance Buzz?

  4. Mayonnaise says:

    Better education will lead to less abortions? Does that mean that only smart people are having babies in Georgia? I’m confused.

    • galiberal says:

      The theory is that some people have abortions because they feel they cannot provide for the children. Giving people an education where they can provide for their potential child will make them more likely to carry the child to term.

      • ByteMe says:

        There’s another theory that says that if you explain where babies actually come from to the babies who keep having them, maybe they won’t have them or need an abortion.

        • rugby says:

          And a theory that has actually been somewhat thoroughly debunked. It came from an original study that was filled with errors and then people misinterpreted the results.

            • rugby says:

              I’ll have to dig it up, it was one of the first things discredited when Freakonomics came out. How essentially that whole book was shown to be bogus, then they get a bigger deal to write an even worse book is beyond me.

              • ByteMe says:

                I don’t remember Freakonomics talking about babies not having babies when they’re told how to prevent it. I do remember where they explained how crime went down starting 17 years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land and their attributing the change to abortion preventing more failed kids.

                  • Icarus says:

                    Freakonomics was/is total crap, designed to make the unintellectual feel smart about a subject they don’t understand but thought they did because it was put in an entertainment format.

                    Not totally unlike certain blogs…

                    • Mad Dog says:

                      Yeah. Yeah.
                      Sure. Sure.

                      Let’s go back to coat hangers in the alley for the poor.

                      And keep the medical tax deductions for abortion expenses, including travel.


  5. Lady Thinker says:

    I thought Porter meant education as in what causes pregnancy had how to avoid getting caught in that trap. While some men will deny it, birth control is the responsible of those engaging in a sex act. If a man doesn’t want to pay child support for 18 years because of five minutes worth of passion, maybe he should learn more about birth prevention and not give all the control for this responsibility to the woman.

    • ByteMe says:

      And then I read what you wrote and obviously agree, but probably need to do a better job scanning all the comments to keep from being redundant.

  6. Harry says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Dubose Porter, welcome to the pro-life camp. Can lawyer Barnes be far behind? Maybe the next ad buy will unveil Barnes’ new pro-life message.

    • Lady Thinker says:

      Glad you asked! Here is Karen’s stance.


      Sanctity of Life – Karen believes in the sanctity of human life. Today, with scientific advances that are now a reality and others that are on the horizon, society faces serious new moral and ethical issues. In dealing with these issues, Karen believes the sanctity of human life must be the priority and the fundamental premise upon which policies are based.

      Karen is pro-life. As a matter of law she believes society may allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when there is a real threat to the mother’s life.

      Karen believes that science has shown that adult stem cells have greater scientific and medicinal value than embryonic stem cells. Creating life only to end it and use it for research is wrong.

  7. drjay says:

    maybe he should have just borrowed this line from dan ackroyd, playing jimmy carter on snl in 76—then he could have put it behind him for good…

    Jimmy Carter: Um, I think my stance on the abortion issue is perfectly ambiguous and ill-defined. I see no reason to elaborate any further.

  8. Quaker says:

    The anti choice crowd won the slogan race with “pro life”, and the press often calls them “anti abortion”, but in reality they’re anti choice. One can feel abortion is not a good thing and still respect the decision of the woman in whose body this fetus has taken up residence. I actually heard a Catholic priest say on the radio that, sure some women will die with the fetus if abortion is not allowed, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. That’s just the price to be paid for the benefit of having someone else’s religion forced on you.

  9. jenny says:

    To be perfectly honest, the “pro-life” thing is seriously a non-issue in all these races. However, if enough anger is stirred up amongst the base at the Republicans, all the single issue Christian Evangelicals may just trot after the Dem with pro-life next to his name. Will GRTL give questionaire to a Dem? That’s the real question.

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