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Ken Buck opposes ‘personhood’ Amendment 62 because it would ban common forms of contraceptives

Ken Buck really wants to become the next U.S. Senator from Colorado.

He wants it so bad that he’s trying to soften his rock hard stand against letting women decide whether they should have abortions and use contraceptives. Buck now says that he opposes the extremist “personhood” Amendment 62 because he now understands that it would ban the use of common contraceptives, reports Allison Sherry. Buck’s just figured this out? And Buck told Sherry that while he still would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban abortions, he wouldn’t introduce such an amendment or make it a top priority if he made it into the Senate. Buck still stubbornly opposes abortions even if an abortion would protect a mother from having to spend the rest of her life staring into the eyes of the child of the rapist who assaulted her. He also has no sympathy for victims of incest.

Obviously, Buck is suddenly aware that the anti-choice positions he used to win the GOP primary will cost him the votes of unaffiliated voters and may cost him the election. He says he thinks jobs and economic issues will decide the election, and they should. But single-issue voters are unlikely to trust Buck’s new promise to vote against Amendment 62, which would put Big Government in your bedroom and restrict your liberties in the drug store. Indeed, a look at the comments that follow Sherry’s story show that not only do Buck’s opponents not believe him, but also that his base is furious with his flip flop.

Appointed Obama Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Washington, DC) won’t let unaffiliated voters forget that Buck is anti-choice and against federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Buck’s attempt to move to the center just a tiny bit brings up the question of whether conservative gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo will follow. He should but probably won’t.

Lesson learned: Extremism in a drive for a primary victory can cost you and your party the general election.

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Buck softens stance on abortion and ‘personhood’, by Allison Sherry.

No 62.

Fetus issue on ballot again; voters will see health care question, by Charles Ashby.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/19/2010 at 12:59 PM

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