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Those are big votes evangelicals, northern Catholics. Notice the word “pretense.” It’s crucial. You go back to the every leading Republican figure was strong, what we call now, pro-choice. The Republican Party position was that’s. Bush, all the leadership their position was: Abortion is not the I Will Name Him George And I Will Hug Him And Pet Him And Squeeze Him Shirt business; it’s private business the government has nothing to say about it. They turned almost on a dime in order to try to pick up a voting base on what is called cultural issues. Same with gun rights.