On the heels of an electoral shellacking Tuesday over their continued attacks on abortion rights, Republicans are in hair-on-fire triage mode. Republican Party operatives are now counseling their congressional candidates to disavow any support for a national abortion ban, according to NBC News.
At Wednesday’s third Republican primary debate, only one of the five candidates committed to pushing a national abortion ban—a glaring lack of support among GOP presidential hopefuls. And even that single candidate, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, sought to take the edge off such a ban by using the term “limit” instead of “ban,” stealing a page from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s failed rebranding effort.
“I would certainly as president of the United States have a 15-week national limit,” Scott said on stage, falsely claiming that 3 out of 4 Americans support a 15-week ban.
Scott may want to hire a new polling firm—and he apparently missed the memo that Youngkin’s attempt to reframe Republican abortion bans got destroyed at the ballot box this week when Democrats gained control of Virginia’s General Assembly.
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