By Dave Andrusko
Pro-life Governor Chris Christie told the annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Conference today that there is no need for Republicans to play defense on abortion, citing his own experience of twice winning in the very blue state of New Jersey.
“They said it could never be done, now twice — twice, for the first time since Roe vs. Wade — New Jersey has elected a pro-life governor,” Christie said during his 15 minute speech in the ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Christie “recalled challenging reporters who said his party was intolerant on social issues,” according to POLITICO.
“I’ve got asked the question last year,” Christie said. “‘Governor, you’re very popular in a blue state. How can you export that to the rest of the country, given the intolerance on social issues in your party?’ And I said, well, let me ask you a question. You said the Republicans are intolerant. I’ll just tell you this: At our national convention, we’ve had people like Tom Ridge and Colin Powell and Condi Rice speak at our national conventions. Even though I don’t agree with their position on abortion. Tell me, sir, the last pro-life Democrat who was allowed to speak at a Democratic convention? By the way, don’t strain yourself, because there’s never been one. They’re the party of intolerance, not us.”
(Interestingly, the quote above came courtesy of Annie-Rose Strasser, writing for a pro-abortion blog. To ‘debunk’ Christie’s charge that Democrats had never allowed pro-lifers to speak at their convention, Strasser offered a few names. Most were not, in fact, pro-life. The couple that were did not receive prime speaking slots–as Ridge, Powell, and Rice did—and/or spoke decades ago.)
Christie also lauded fellow pro-life Republican governors, saying that “Republican governors across this country have stood up and done things, not just talked about them.”