1. 2012

    Perry Changes Views on Abortion

    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry arrives for a campaign event at the Adams Street Espresso in Creston, Iowa, on December 27, 2011. Republican presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa Tuesday in a final push for a win in the first voting contest of 2012 that could propel their campaign to take on President Barack Obama. With just a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, the outcome remains uncertain, with all six candidates staking out their hopes for the closely-watched contest that could help them secure the Republican nomination ahead of November's general election. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rick Perry’s efforts to corral the evangelical vote is in Iowa is leading him to revisit some earlier positions. He said Tuesday that he no longer supports abortion under any circumstances, not even in cases of rape or incest. “You’re seeing a transformation,” Perry told voters when a local pastor asked him how he squared a recent pledge to oppose all abortions with statements earlier in his career that he might support an exception in cases of rape or incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. Perry’s staff aides note that last week he watched the film The Gift of Life, which features Mike Huckabee interviewing people who say their mothers nearly aborted them.

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