Mark Udall, John Hickenlooper campaigns demonizing Republicans on personhood
As predicted, the Republican Colorado gubernatorial and senatorial candidates are being hammered by the Mark Udall and John Hickenlooper campaigns on Coloradopols.com for supporting personhood anti-abortion amendments in 2008 and 2010. Both failed by huge margins, but the GOP base demands that its candidates support personhood legislation and constitutonal amendments at the state and federal levels.
Bob Beauprez, who supported personhood legislation at the federal level in his 2006 run for governor and is strongly pro-life now is saying that a personhood constitutional amendment is not the right way to go. And Democrats are jumping on him for being "Both ways Bob" the nickname that Democrats used to defeat him in 2006. Of course, Democrats never change their minds on major issues or small ones.
Another GOP gubernatorial candidate, Steve House, also told me several weeks ago that he doesn't support personhood amendments or legislation. House is anti-abortion with some exceptions including rape and protecting the life of the pregnant woman.
On balance, however, the GOP candidates don't have good replies on ColoradoPeakPolitics.com or elsewhere to Democrats who demonize them on the stands on abortion and personhood, at least not in the eyes of the young women and unafilliated voters. Those voters probably will decide Colorado's gubernatorial and senatorial elections again this year unless we have a huge anti-Obama wave that sweeps all Repubicans to victory next November.
GOP gubernatorial candidates, Tom Tancredo, Greg Brophy and Mike Kopp have supported personhood amendments and say they still do. The Republican's leading senatorial candidate, Rep. Cory Gardner (CD-4), also is an anti-abortion and pro personhood amendment politician. These candidates deal with the issue by answering questions about their positions and by trying to change the subject. Historically, that approach hasn't elected GOP governors nor senators in Colorado over the last decade.