AG candidate Smitherman: Aborted would vote GOP

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by WILL WEISSERT / The Associated Press

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Posted on November 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas attorney general hopeful Barry Smitherman turned some heads when he suggested this summer that many aborted fetuses might have voted Republican had they been born.

Upon further reflection, he still insists it’s a no-brainer.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Smitherman said “let’s hypothetically ask an unborn child.” He then said it was simple for him to believe the fetus would side with the GOP given the party’s opposition to abortion.

His abortion comment in an August speech is one of several issues that thrust Smitherman into the spotlight of late.

But he says he’s not moving to the right to win the GOP primary in the attorney general race in March. He faces state Sen. Ken Paxton and state Rep. Dan Branch.

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