It’s a well-known fact that politicians tend to act extreme to win their party’s endorsement, then move to more moderate stances when it comes time to campaign in the general. Colorado Republican senate candidate Ken Buck is becoming the epitome of that rule, softening his previously rigid reproductive health positions as the election draws near.
Previously, when running in his primary against Jane Norton, Buck made sure to tell voters he was a staunch vote against abortion, even saying he was against it in cases of rape or incest.
QUESTION: How do you feel about abortion? Are you for abortion, against abortion, are you for it? In what instances would you allow for abortion?
BUCK: I am pro-life, and I’ll answer the next question. I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape or incest. I believe that the only exception, I guess, is life of the mother. And that is only if it’s truly life of the mother.
To me, you can’t say you’re pro-life and say — if there is, and it’s a very rare situation where one life would have to cease for the other life to exist. But in that very rare situation, we may have to take the life of the child to save the life of the mother.
In that rare situation, I am in favor of that exception. But other than that I have no exceptions in my position. [emphasis added]
Buck also expressed his open support of Amendment 62, the Colorado amendment that gives personhood status to fertilized eggs, effectively ending both abortion and many forms of contraception, as well as wrecking havoc on some varieties of assisted reproductive technologies.
But now, as November approaches, Buck is backing out of his rigid beliefs. From the Denver Post:
At this rate, by election day he’ll be stating that a woman has the right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. What a radical idea.