Republican Sen. John McCain is urging his fellow Republicans to steer clear of discussing abortion.
The Arizona lawmaker said he was proud of his pro-life stance on Fox News Sunday but added, “As far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don’t think anybody like me—I can state my position on abortion, but other than that, leave the issue alone when we are in the kind of economic situation, and frankly national security situation that we’re in.”
When asked if he meant the GOP should allow abortion rights, which could help the party among young and female voters, McCain said he was merely suggesting that Republicans take a more conciliatory approach.
“I would allow people to have those opinions…I’m proud of my pro-life position and if someone disagrees with me, I respect [their] views,” said McCain.
He also acknowledged that “the demographics are not on our side.”
The big question of last evening was “would MItt Romney win his home state, Michigan.” Some pundits speculated that should he lose, the GOP could dissolve into chaos!
SUPPORT FOR ROMNEY (CBS)
Economy Voters 45%
Note that next Tuesday is the really big day for Republicans when 10 states will have their primary on one day.
Early exit polls about three hours before the last polls close in Michigan‘s primary show frustration with the Republican field and hints of mischief among Democratic voters.
According to those who responded to questioners, less than half of those voting in the Republican primary said they strongly favor their own candidate.
While six in 10 voters identified themselves as Republicans, one in 10 of those voting in the GOP primary said they were Democrats. Michigan has an open primary where voters can choose without regard to party affiliation.
One in four respondents say they made up their mind in the last few days and six in 10 said the CNN debate last week was a factor in their decision.
Michigan is seen as a key state for Mitt Romney, who was born in Detroit and whose father was governor of the state. The GOP field is also competing tonight in the Arizona primary.
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