WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump was an unexpected addition to the speaking roster at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Thursday – where he not only announced that he’s considering a run at the U.S. presidency, but declared himself “pro-life.”
“If I do run for president, I want you to know I’m pro-life,” he said. “I’m against gun control, and I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense for people in business, something that will not bankrupt the country.”
He says he will announce his decision about the presidential run by June.
Trump, however, remains a proponent of gay “rights,” and was invited to the event by the controversial “conservative” homosexualist group GOProud. The conservative conference has faced a boycott over GOProud’s involvement by major pro-family groups like the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, the National Organization for Marriage, and the American Family Association, as well as some leading GOP politicians like Sen. Jim DeMint.
Trump’s declaration that he is “pro-life” comes as a shock, given that he wrote in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve” that he supports “a woman’s right to choose,” but is “uncomfortable with the procedures.” In particular, he said he would support a ban on partial-birth abortion.
But he hinted at his purported new views on abortion in an interview last November with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Asked if he was “pro-choice,” Trump said, “I am—well, I don’t want to discuss right now, but you will be shocked when I give you that answer.”
Given the mogul’s reputation for flouting sexual mores, his conversion to the pro-life cause has been met with skepticism from pro-life advocates, and has appeared to some as opportunistic given that pro-life candidates fared so well in the November elections.
The inveterate playboy and Miss Universe owner, who has had five children with three wives, is unapologetic about his habit of pursuing younger women.
In 2006, he said he would date his then-24-year-old daughter Ivanka if he weren’t her father. Asked on The View how he would feel about her posing for Playboy, he said, “It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what’s inside the magazine.”
“I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure,” he added. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”