To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion. Not the story he tells about it, but the real story.
Slate national correspondent William Saletan was on our Facebook page to chat with readers about his series on the evolution of 's abortion position. The following transcript of the discussion has been edited for length and clarity.
How, when, and why did a well-documented pattern of shifting stories and positions on the issue . Saletan will be chatting with readers about 's core malleability, what it says about the candidate and what it means for the 2012 presidential race. Bring your questions and comments about Romney's pro-life conversion to …change his mind about abortion? William Saletan delved 50 years back into the GOP front-runner's personal history to uncover
Sunday on Face the Nation , was asked whether, in recent remarks, he's been deliberately suggesting that "looks down on disabled people." Santorum replied : "Well, the president supported partial-birth abortion, and partial-birth abortion is a procedure used almost exclusively to kill children late in pregnancy when they've been found out to be disabled."
Karen Handel has resigned from the blamed by insiders for the foundation's decision to defund Planned Parenthood , says the decision was driven by Komen's need to avoid controversy, not by politics. But you can't have one without the other. If you refuse to fund organizations embroiled in controversy, you invite their enemies to make them controversial. In so doing, you make yourself political.foundation. Handel, a pro-lifer who was
hour-long interview with 60 Minutes , recorded Friday and aired Sunday night, suggests his reelection will hinge on an unusual question: What exactly is the president's job? thinks voters won't hold him accountable for failing to get to solve the country's problems. I think he'll lose that bet.'s
Yesterday, for the third time this year, Iran said it had shot down a in its airspace. The U.S. doubted the drone had been shot down but drone refused to say what it had been doing near the Iran-Afghan border. NATO said the drone might have crashed in after operators "lost control" of it over Afghanistan . All three stories sound fishy. If I were the CIA or the U.S. military, I'd be using our drones to spy on Iran. And …
A month ago, I debated late-term abortion with Ann Furedi , the chief executive of BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), at the Battle of Ideas in . This week, Spiked published a transcript of Furedi's remarks , prompting outcries from pro-lifers . I've been asked what I said in the debate and what I think of Furedi's view. Furedi opposes any legal time limit on abortion because …
For those of you keeping score at home, says she and Cain had an on-and-off affair for the last 13 years. Cain denies it. Yesterday on , Cain said the three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment " weren't able to come up with any documentation, any proof ." He said his family "should …now faces a fifth sexual accuser. This time, happily, the alleged misconduct was consensual. , an businesswoman,
Is the Republican presidential candidates have told us for more than a year . Radical Islam, they've argued , is on the verge of taking over our country through Sharia law . But this weekend, at an forum sparsely covered by the press, the candidates made clear that they don't mind theocracy—in fact, they'd like to impose it—as long as it's Christian.sliding toward theocracy? That's what