A leading choice to run alongside presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as the party’s vice-presidential pick said today that he is pro-abortion. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said on ABC’s “This Week”: "On abortion ... women have to be able to choose. They are the ones that have to make the decision because they are the ones that are going to decide to bring up that child or not."
Flynn appeared to be agnostic on other social issues, when pressed to answer by ABC’s Martha Raddatz about same-sex marriage. "I'm about national security. I'm not going to, you know. ... What people do in their private lives, I'm not — these are not big issues that our country's dealing with that are — that will cause our country to collapse," he said.
Flynn is a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and commander of Joint Special Operations Command. With that experience, he may serve to allay Trump’s critics who point out the latter’s alleged inexperience in foreign and military affairs.
Flynn’s interview with Raddatz may serve to make it more difficult for pro-life voters to pull the lever for Trump. The wealthy New Yorker is a newcomer to the Republican Party who has been comfortable in having social and business dealings with prominent Democrats such as Hillary and Bill Clinton. During the primary season, Trump minimized the need for intra-party unity in response to conservative critics who called on him to make peace with conservatives to unify the GOP.
In a May 2016 interview with CBS’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump that while he is a conservative, people should not forget that “this is called the Republican Party, it’s not called the Conservative Party.” Some within the party had called for Trump to choose a known conservative, such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, to shore up his bona fides with conservatives. At that time, Trump said, “I think it would be better if it were unified,” and added, “There would be something good about it, but I don’t think it actually has to be unified in the traditional sense.”
Last week, Trump said, "I like the generals," when asked about criteria for selecting running mates.
"I like the concept of the generals. We're thinking about — actually, there are two of them that are under consideration."
Conservative Republicans appar bent on getting a conservative into the White House. For example, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-IH) told reporters last week that he wants Trump to pick Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He said, “That would be the only way of getting the party together and getting two guys who got 70 percent of the votes."
However, conservatives may have something to cheer about, according to The Washington Times. The Washington Times reports that Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) will appear together at a campaign rally in Indianapolis on July 12. Pence has been denounced by pro-abortion groups for signing restrictions on abortion into law. The Washington Times said that Pence has a "95 percent probability" of being selected as Trump's running mate.
Citing Republicans who support Trump, today's article in the paper said that among the "tipoffs" last week was that Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma sought advice from a constitutional governor about a possible gubernatorial run.
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