April 30, 1996 |
Gov. Pete Wilson said Monday that the time has come for abortion rights supporters to take their cause to the Republican National Convention, adding that he will not back away from the fight this summer even if requested to do so by the presumptive GOP nominee, Bob Dole.
May 6, 1996 |
A three-year effort by Republican leaders to mute the divisive debate over abortion has suffered a resounding and discordant setback in the last several days--a development that further complicates the party's already difficult political position. From the moment they launched their drive to regain the White House after the 1992 election, Republican leaders recognized that the argument over abortion could wreck their hopes of reassembling a majority electoral coalition.
May 4, 1996 |
Angela "Bay" Buchanan, chairwoman of her brother Patrick's presidential campaign, sought Friday to rally support for keeping the current hard-line antiabortion plank in the Republican Party platform, but was obliged to acknowledge a potentially significant rift in the antiabortion ranks.
May 30, 1996 |
Ralph Reed, executive director of the 1.7-million-member Christian Coalition, predicted Wednesday that presumed Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole would reject any effort to weaken the GOP's water-tight position against abortion at its August nominating convention. Reed, a close ally of Dole's, told reporters he had been assured by an unnamed intermediary that "the plank is not going to change." Responding to Reed's comments, Christina Martin, Dole's deputy press secretary, said: "Sen.
August 18, 1992 |
Frank Ricchiazzi has been a Republican a lot longer than he's been out of the closet. But the Orange County resident, one of only two openly gay men among more than 4,400 delegates and alternates at the Republican National Convention, was none too pleased Monday with his party. As the convention kicked off for its run this week in Houston, the GOP approved a platform containing a "family values" section that critics like Ricchiazzi, an alternate delegate, suggest is tainted with homophobia.
August 19, 1992 |
Anyone who tries to keep up with George Bush during a round of golf is confronted with a man constantly in motion. Anyone tracking the twists and turns of his political agenda is confronted with much the same phenomenon. Bush first sought a Senate seat in 1964 as a backer of the godfather of modern conservativism, Barry Goldwater, rose in his party as a moderate, tacked back toward the right as Ronald Reagan's vice president and once again sought the center in his 1988 race for the White House.
August 12, 1992 |
Prodded by President Bush's reelection campaign, GOP platform drafters changed their minds Tuesday and decided to call the controversial 1990 tax increase agreed to by Bush "recessionary" instead of "a mistake." Some Bush campaign strategists apparently feared that Democrats would use the "mistake" phrasing adopted in Monday's platform draft against the President, even though Bush himself has used similar language in describing his decision to approve the tax hike.
August 15, 1992 |
Is the White House deliberately sending mixed messages on abortion? After hammering down a staunchly anti-abortion plank in their party platform, GOP leaders have awakened the last few days to find Barbara Bush questioning their work and the President himself saying he would support a grandchild who opted to have an abortion.
August 14, 1992 |
A party platform that provoked outrage among abortion rights advocates but won cheers from conservative activists was given its finishing touches Thursday by a Republican drafting committee. In the past, the platform has taken a hard line against abortion. Dissenters had hoped that this year's manifesto would at least acknowledge room for diversity on the issue.