Perry pledges a pro-life VP pick

posted at 3:25 pm on August 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge last week, it raised a few eyebrows among those who recall his endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, a noted pro-choice Republican.  Perry insisted that a President Giuliani would appoint conservative jurists to the bench and that his personal views would not be relevant.  Four years later, Perry now says that, if nominated, he will make sure his running mate is not just pro-life, but an advocate for the cause:

Surging Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, the Texas governor, has pledged to influential Christian leaders that he will push pro-life policies, oppose gay marriage, and pick cabinet officials and a vice president who share his values, a promise that would rule out a Perry-Rudy Giuliani ticket.

At a weekend Texas gathering of about 200 conservative leaders, some from Washington, Perry and his wife Anita portrayed themselves as authentic and life-long conservatives who could bring the most pro-life administration ever to Washington.

LifeNews provides more context:

Perry has been given high marks by pro-life groups in Texas and both Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life have given him high grades for his lengthy record pushing for and signing pro-life legislation. “Gov. Perry has a wonderful pro-life record,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias has said.

Perry, who has spoken out repeatedly when it comes to pro-life issues, has said: “We can’t afford to give up the good fight until the day Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.”

Pro-life activists will no doubt be happy to hear this.  It does open up a line of attack against Perry, although almost certainly not in the primary — unless it comes from Rudy Giuliani himself, and that’s also unlikely.  If Giuliani does get in, the last thing he’ll want to do is remind people of his pro-choice positions.  He — or anyone else — could ask Perry in a debate, “Why was Giuliani good enough for the Presidency in 2008 but not good enough for a VP in 2012?”  In fact, I’d be surprised if someone didn’t ask that question next week — and it could be one of the debate moderators.

Otherwise, though, this doesn’t mean too much in a GOP primary, where the expectation is that a nominee will be pro-life.  It also won’t reduce Perry’s options for a running mate.  Practically everyone in the field now is avowedly pro-life, even Mitt Romney, who had been pro-choice earlier in his career.  For options outside of the current presidential field, Perry could select Tim Pawlenty, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, New Mexico governor Susanna Martinez, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, and practically every other Republican mentioned for the job.

Update: Actually, Sandoval is pro-choice, something I didn’t know.  Thanks to Twitter reader SantaisaSmoker.

Breaking on Hot Air



Trackback URL


I quite like and regard well Rick Santorum, too.

Lourdes on August 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Man, he gets beat up unmercifully for something he never really said.

hawkdriver on August 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM

It’s not difficult to identify just who is doing all that beating on Santorum, or trying to, and why. Easy to see, what with Santorum’s affirmation of values that just outrage those who don’t have them.

Lourdes on August 31, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Related, thematically, 2012 election:

President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 11/7/10 8:31 PM

Lourdes on August 31, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Sorry, but no. I’m not fooled by that dodge anymore. Progressive Republicans/Libertarians are pushing their social issues while they’re telling us not to. It’s a manner of making it easier to accomplish their goals. I care as much about unborn babies as I do the economy, jobs, money, my bank account, your bank account.

hawkdriver on August 31, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Abortion is not going to be illegal. Republicans held the presidency and both houses of congress for years and guess what – it still was legal. Keep appeasing the Bible thumpers and watch Independents and disaffected Democrats vote for Obama or just sit it out.

Hilts on August 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Hilts on August 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Do the same thing to “Bible Thumpers” and watch us sit it out. That knife cuts in both ways.

hawkdriver on August 31, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Rudy should just retire. Someone with a rabid anti-gun position doesn’t need to have any part of a good, conservative administration; President, VP, or AG. I’m sure there are a good number of better qualified candidates anyway. There’s no reason the AG needs to be famous….

Plus, that fvcking lisp, see a speech therapist ffs.

Conservative Gunman on August 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

This locks in the nomination with the lead he has. Unless he plays prevent defense the rest of the way. I don’t see that with this guy. He will not disappear mysteriously from the campaign trail like Dole, McCain, Thompson and even Rudy did. He backs off this a bit, fudges it some to balance the ticket, so what. It’s politics, not Truth or Consequences. Perry has that going on all over the run-of-the-mill brand of go-along-to-get-along Republicans. I don’t see how anyone who wants to get country back on track could prefer Romney to Perry. But, to each his own.

curved space on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Of course Guiliani won’t be his VP. He can’t be VP and Attorney General. lol

He would make an excellent Attorney General or Head of Homeland Security. I prefer the first. It is key to so much in this country.

Elisa on September 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Perry pledges a pro-life VP pick

It makes Romney happy. Perry just keeps digging a right wing crazy hole for himself to have to eventually try to climb out of.

Also, the people that actually believe America supports putting the govt in charge of pregnancy are idiots. As usual.

Moesart on September 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Moesart on September 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Ring wing crazy hole. Idiots. What is it with you guys treating Conservatives worse than the Donks and begging us to still vote your issues?

I’ll support any baby loathing candidate you guys help to nominate. Anything to beat Obama. Do I take it you guys won’t support a pro-life one? To beat Obama?

hawkdriver on September 1, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Do the same thing to “Bible Thumpers” and watch us sit it out. That knife cuts in both ways.

hawkdriver on August 31, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Listen you guys have changed the face of the GOP from the happy,opitmistic conservatism of Ronald Reagan to the cranks of bible thumpers and social con nonsense. You have been manipulated for the past 20 years by the Bush family who laugh at you behind your backs. Nobody gives a crap about your “social issues” because if that was the case then McCain would be POTUS. You have turned off suburbanites, urban dwelling people, women, and Independents.

Hilts on September 1, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Hilts on September 1, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Moderate/Progressive Republicans and Libertarians have social issues too. Don’t kid yourself. They’re just progressive compared to what Conservative Republicans and Conservative Party members push. And they push them on us while they tell us we’re ruining the movement while really, we’re just trying to maintain some semblence of Conservatism. I could very easily say they are the cause of our ails by pushing the liberal agendas in the Republican Party.

Since I joined the Conservative party I can tell you it’s filled with former solid voters, moderates pushed out of the “large” tent. People just like me. I was a Republican for more than 30 years prior to that.

Moderate/Progressive Republicans and Libertarians brought on the blurring of party lines between us and Democrats.

Let me ask you one question. Are you pro-life or pro-abortion?

hawkdriver on September 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I don’t see how anyone who wants to get country back on track could prefer Romney to Perry. But, to each his own.

curved space on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I’m not wild about Perry yet but not even feeling my pulse on Romney.

(I’ve already lived through him in MA.)

roy_batty on September 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM