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June 18, 2002
TEXAS  
U.S. Senate Hopeful Does Not Support Platform Planks — John Cornyn, currently Attorney General of Texas and candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator, Phil Gramm, does not support the state Party’s Platform on the right to life. Post-convention news reports confirm that he justifies abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest, and in the case of a threat to the mother’s life, a position he has consistently held. It is a view he shares with Governor Rick Perry who is serving out George W. Bush’s unexpired term and is running for election in November.

The state convention of the Republican Party of Texas, held June 7-8 at the Dallas Convention Center, adopted the Platform as a whole. It is 22 pages long, covering a multitude of issues. The section entitled “Protecting Innocent Human Life” re-iterates the beautiful language of the Republican National Platform, beginning with the statement that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It encourages the defeat of judges who grant judicial bypasses to minor girls seeking abortions. It endorses “women’s right to know” legislation; “unborn victims of violence” legislation; a law that requires doctors to inform pregnant mothers about the unborn child’s ability to feel pain; regulation of abortion clinics; and it asks the Texas Legislature to “pass legislation giving hospitals in Texas authority to refuse to perform abortions and that all levels of government refrain from requiring any hospital to perform an abortion.” The Platform opposes the cloning of human beings, embryonic stem cell research, and fetal tissue harvesting. All in all, it is a fine Platform.

One can’t help but remember Bob Dole who, during his 1996 campaign for president said he hadn’t read the platform, saw no reason to do so, and tried unsuccessfully to weaken it.


Democrat Standard Bearer Tony Sanchez Supports “A Woman’s Right to Choose” 
Tony Sanchez is worth $600 million and he’s willing to spend a whole lot of it in an attempt to wrench the Texas Governor’s seat from Rick Perry. Sanchez, the successful banker and oil man whom then-Governor George W. Bush appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents, wants to be the first Hispanic Governor of Texas.

Mr. Sanchez describes himself as a Roman Catholic, yet he endorses abortion on demand, declaring from the podium at the Democrats’ state convention, held this past weekend, that he supports a “woman’s right to choose.” His campaign literature carries out this theme in a slick and expensive brochure. You can access a copy of it by going to here.

Throughout the land, Democrats seeking public office almost uniformly support a mother’s right to kill her unborn baby. In Texas, Mr. Sanchez’ position is echoed by the former Mayor of Dallas, Ron Kirk, who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, and John Sharp, a former state senator and statewide officeholder who is running for Lt. Governor, the most powerful office in Texas. Sanchez is Hispanic, Kirk is black, and Sharp is white – they call themselves the “dream team.”

Democrats are painting themselves as conservatives. Ron Kirk says he “likes” President Bush. Sanchez remains the single largest donor to then-Governor, now President George W. Bush, having contributed $300,000 to his campaigns. Sharp is contacting certain conservative leaders and indicating support for their agendas.

Republicans at the grassroots level understand something that Party leaders and consultants too often forget. In order to win, our candidates must show a bright line of difference between themselves and the Democrats.


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