DUCKING THE QUESTION

Deep inside each consensus-building, big-tent Republican running for President lies the awful knowledge that one false step into the swamp of abortion politics can drown you. Say anything but that you are pro-life in the primaries and you will lose the nomination, but scare the pro-choicers and you may lose the election. So what's a candidate to do? Robert Dole, Phil Gramm and Lamar Alexander all claim the pro-life label, but not the mantle. They wrinkle their noses, say they personally don't like abortion-as if a personal preference substitutes for a clear-cut public policy. Dole and Gramm wriggle out of answering...

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