Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
July 23 2004 1:18 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

Question: Is abortion a great moral issue to you?
Kerry: Sure it is. A bsolutely. 1 2 3 4

[1] And I think it's far more complicated than public life allows the discussion for. I mean, being for choice does not mean you are for abortion. Neither Teresa nor I are for abortion. Abortion should be rare

[2] but safe and legal, as President Clinton said so often, and I think appropriately. I think that it's really a question of who should make this decision, and how to arrive at it.

[3] But there is morality. Of course there's morality involved. And we should be talking to people in America about responsibility, about adoption, about other choices. And I want to have a better conversation than I think we've had on it.

[4] But it doesn't change my position on who chooses. And I will protect that right of choice.
Larry King Live, July 8, 2004

Verbatim:

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Sure it is. Absolutely. And I think it's far more complicated than public life allows the discussion for. I mean, being for choice does not mean you are for abortion. Neither Teresa nor I are for abortion. Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal, as President Clinton said so often, and I think appropriately. I think that it's really a question of who should make this decision, and how to arrive at it. But there is morality. Of course there's morality involved. And we should be talking to people in America about responsibility, about adoption, about other choices. And I want to have a better conversation than I think we've had on it. But it doesn't change my position on who chooses. And I will protect that right of choice.

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