In CPAC speech, Christie touts GOP’s openness to pro-abort pols to attack Dems ‘intolerance’
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on foreign policy, education and spending reforms, and declaring that the Democratic Party is less tolerant on abortion than Republicans, the governor stated, “They said it could never be done, but twice, twice for the first time since Roe vs. Wade, New Jersey has elected a pro-life governor of New Jersey.”
Christie described being asked about the “intolerance on social issues in your party.” He said he told the reporter, “We've got people like Tom Ridge, Colin Powell, and Condi Rice speak at our national conventions, even though our party platform and I don't agree with their position on abortion.”
Ridge, Powell, and Rice all support legalized abortion.
“Tell me, sir, the last pro-life Democrat who was allowed to speak at the Democratic convention,” Christie asked. “They're the party of intolerance, not us!”
The Democratic Party defeated a proposal to add a pro-life option to its national platform. The party's 2012 platform said it “supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
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Pro-life Democrat Bob Casey, the late governor of Pennsylvania, was refused the ability to speak at the Democratic Convention in 1992.
Christie said being pro-life “doesn't mean we're pro-life just when that human being is in the womb. ... We need to be pro-life when they leave the womb as well – for every step of their lives.”
According to Christie, supporting accountability for “a world-class education,” creating opportunity for jobs, and helping those who “fall victim to disease, like the disease of drug rehabilitation,” are part of being pro-life.
Christie drew criticism from social conservatives in his 2013 re-election campaign, even as he drew support from liberal politicians and media organizations.
The governor has taken heat from pro-family leaders for dropping his state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that imposed same-sex “marriage,” and for signing a bill that banned reparative therapy for minors.