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Thursday, June 12, 2003


Dean's Choice

posted by yoni cohen :: at Thursday, June 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Doctor Dean has the credibility to address the charged issue or abortion from a medical perspective. For years, we've known him to be the strongest supporter of a woman's right to choose. But perhaps surprisingly, one of his rivals hasn't. During his first three terms in Congress, Dennis Kucinich compiled a consistently pro-life voting record, earning a 95-percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Ahead of his presidential run, Kucinich changed his stance; he now claims to be pro-choice. But as David Enrich notes (in the National Review, of all places) Kucinich's historical opposition to choice should cost him votes in Iowa and New Hampshire -- and his recent flip-flop may undermine his credibility. Dean meanwhile is then insulated on the left...


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