Before President Obama's campaign events for Harry Reid tonight, Democrats appear to be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle.
In addition to the story of Angle calling the $20 billion BP escrow a "slush fund," Huffington Post now has its hands on an interview the Republican gave to a conservative radio show. In the interview, Angle reiterated her opposition to abortion -- even in cases of incest. And she even compares a hypothetical young girl who chooses to keep her child, despite being raped by her father, to turning a lemon into lemonade.
Question: Let me bring up one other topic that I rarely talk about here, because it's one of those topics that's a lose-lose, but we've got to talk about it because it was brought up in your TV interview and that has to do with the issue of abortion, and whether or not abortion should be available in the case of rape or incest. The question to you at the time by the interviewer was that do you want the government to go and tell a 13 year-old child who has been raped by her father that she has to have that baby. And of course you responded 'I didn't say that I always say that I value life.' Where do you stand on the issue of abortion, a consensual abortion, from a person who is raped or is pregnant as a result of incest?
Angle: Well right now our law permits that. My own personal feelings and that is always what I express, my personal feeling is that we need to err on the side of life. There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life no matter what it's location, age, gender or disability. So whenever we talk about government and government's role, government's role is to protect life and that's what our Founding Father said, that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Question : What do you say then to a young girl, I am going to place it as he said it, when a young girl is raped by her father, let's say, and she is pregnant. How do you explain this to her in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby?
Angle: I think that two wrongs don't make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade. Well one girl in particular moved in with the adoptive parents of her child, and they both were adopted. Both of them grew up, one graduated from high school, the other had parents that loved her and she also graduated from high school. And I'll tell you the little girl who was born from that very poor situation came to me when she was 13 and said 'I know what you did thank you for saving my life.' So it is meaningful to me to err on the side of life.
Meanwhile, Republicans are jumping on Reid's apparent refusal to take a position on the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. “Sen. Reid had little problem questioning this law when it first passed, but now he’s suddenly tight-lipped after a new public poll shows a strong majority of Nevadans disagree with him and support the Arizona law," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said in a statement. "With President Obama in Nevada to raise money for his embattled re-election campaign this week, Harry Reid owes his constituents a clear and consistent answer on where he stands on the Obama Administration’s decision to challenge." the Arizona law.”