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Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told GQ interviewer Lisa DePaulo that he “absolutely” supports a woman’s right to choose, before promptly apologizing for the remarks, which could not have possibly been misinterpreted or taken out of context.
Steele also told GQ, “I loved to party—still do—and have a good time.” So, you know, this guy will say anything to anybody.
The pertinent portion of the interview follows [via Wonkette].
How much of your pro-life stance, for you, is informed not just by your Catholic faith but by the fact that you were adopted? Oh, a lot. Absolutely. I see the power of life in that—I mean, and the power of choice! The thing to keep in mind about it… Uh, you know, I think as a country we get off on these misguided conversations that throw around terms that really misrepresent truth.
Explain that. The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.
Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion? Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
You do? Yeah. Absolutely.
Are you saying you don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade? I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.
Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have? The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.
Do pro-choicers have a place in the Republican Party? Absolutely!