In ads, his own remarks and most recently the words of a top supporter, Republican Mitt Romney seems determined to soften emphasis on abortion and ignore facts critical to the auto industry as he seeks support from key voting groups in the waning days of a close race for the White House…
…Romney’s approach to abortion is more a matter of a change in tone, although one campaign surrogate, former Sen. Norm Coleman, recently assured an audience that the Supreme Court’s 1973 opinion legalizing abortion is unlikely to be overturned if the Republican challenger wins the election.
Appearing in Beechwood, Ohio, on Monday, the former Minnesota senator suggested that abortion shouldn’t be a paramount issue. “You’ve got to decide what’s important right now, what’s going to impact you right now,” Coleman said in suburban Columbus where Romney is working to woo suburban women voters, many of whom support abortion rights.
“President Bush was president for eight years, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed.” He had two Supreme Court picks, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed. It’s not going to be reversed," Coleman said.
In an interview on Tuesday, Coleman told The Associated Press he had been speaking on his own behalf, and not for Romney.
He said he meant that the decision is longstanding precedent, and that Republicans would fight over issues like parental notification and partial birth abortion rather than Roe v Wade itself.
Romney himself has repeatedly said that he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and promised to look for Supreme Court appointees who have opposed abortion rights. But Romney’s campaign has also been airing an ad in Virginia that emphasizes he believes abortion “should be an option” in some cases, like rape, incest or where the health of the mother is threatened.