Republicans in muddle on abortion as ban proposed by Graham exposes rifts

Republicans In Muddle On Abortion As Ban Proposed By Graham Exposes Rifts - Yynb5Jaswbg77Coduqkoeit64M

In a memo to GOP campaigns released this week, the Republican National Committee laid out what it called a winning message on abortion: Press Democrats on where they stand on the procedure later in pregnancy, seek “common ground” on exceptions to bans and keep the focus on crime and the economy.

Then, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy — overshadowing new inflation numbers and undermining what many GOP strategists see as their best message for the fall: “Leave it to the states.”

“It’s an absolute disaster,” GOP strategist John Thomas said, as Republican Senate nominees already targeted for their comments on abortion were asked to weigh in. “Oy vey,” he said when informed that Blake Masters in battleground Arizona had just expressed his support.

More than 80 GOP House members are also backing a 15-week ban, but the second-ranking House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), did not commit to…

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This article was written by Hannah Knowles and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com