March for Life and Votes
Sunday night, with only a week before the crucial, Democratic primary Iowa caucuses, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg strode into the lion’s den for a televised town hall on the conservative cable network, Fox News. The out and proud Episcopalian was confronted by a pro-life, Democratic female voter who asked if he would support a more inclusive Democratic party platform recognizing pro life dissent. The 38-year-old wonder candidate who is currently placing third in the Iowa caucus polls told the audience, “I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision.”
Mayor Pete is focusing his Iowa home stretch on disaffected Trump Democrats, but abortion politics may be a lap too far. On Friday, President Trump became the first president to attend the March for Life rally. The Washington, DC, event now in its 47th year, is one of the capital’s largest annual gatherings typically drawing over 100,000 pro life activists from around the country. Trump, who won 81% of the white evangelical Christian vote and 60% of Catholics in 2016, was greeted with wild enthusiasm.
Some critics note the 2020 timing of Trump’s unprecedented attendance. But Trump campaign pollster John McLaughlin insists to IW that the former “very” pro-choicer, “has been very principled and loyal to his base…. It wasn’t a political calculation. This is what he believes.”
According to polling expert Karlyn Bowman, abortion isn’t a deciding election issue. But, as she writes in Forbes magazine, in a close election, single-issue voters can make the difference.
McLaughlin is confident, “Pro-life voters will return [Trump’s] support at the ballot box.”