Trump Rules Out Hardline Pro-Life VP Pick

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Donald Trump’s Consideration for His Running Mate

Recent reports suggest that Donald Trump is cautious about selecting a hardline pro-life candidate as his running mate due to concerns about potential electoral consequences. According to NBC, Trump has been inquiring about the stances of various potential vice-presidential picks on the abortion issue, with specific apprehensions raised about individuals such as Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

Trump’s Concerns

A source close to Trump mentioned, “The president understands it as a treacherous issue—one that you can actually trip up and fall on your face with.” There is worry that taking a stringent stance on abortion could negatively impact the ticket. Trump’s apparent limitation is in favor of someone who does not endorse any legislation stricter than a six-week ban.

Positions of Noem and Scott

Kristi Noem has signed into law one of the nation’s most stringent abortion bans, permitting the procedure solely when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. She has labeled herself an “absolutist” on the issue. In response to NBC, Noem emphasized her position, expressing, “I’m pro-life, however as a mom and grandma, I want to help moms and families through whatever difficult situation they may be facing. We have to talk about this difficult issue with heart and with compassion.

We don’t win by hiding from the conversation. Women on both sides feel strongly about the issue. But the women I talk to every day around the country are more concerned about how Joe Biden’s America is making it harder for their kids and grandkids to achieve the American Dream.

On the other hand, Tim Scott has shown support for a six-week federal ban on abortion. During his presidential campaign, he vowed to “sign the most conservative pro-life legislation that they can get through Congress.” This stands in contrast to Trump’s choice of the staunchly pro-life Mike Pence as his running mate during the 2016 campaign, aiming to solidify support among conservative evangelicals.

Trump’s Shift in Position

Contrary to his earlier stance, The New York Times reported last month that Trump was privately advocating for a federal 16-week abortion ban with exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when there is a threat to the mother’s life. Allegedly, if a potential candidate does not endorse these “three exceptions,” Trump swiftly dismisses the individual.

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