Could you clarify that? I'm not sure if you were clear enough..
Read it all here.
Republican U.S. House candidate Bruce Whalen says Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth revealed her true feelings on abortion rights in a statement she made to pro-choice groups.
The Whalen campaign issued a news release this week that contained quotes from Herseth taken from an August telephone conference call with Planned Parenthood officials and former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle. The conference call was aimed at defeating Referred Law 6, the near-total ban on abortions to be decided Nov. 7 by general-election voters in the state.The Whalen campaign pointed to excerpts from the conference call, which were posted on a Web site, as proof that Herseth has a more extreme abortion-rights position than she displays publicly in South Dakota. In one comment, Herseth said she was proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights and Reproductive Freedom Action League and Emily's List - national leaders in defense of abortion rights.
She also said the defeat of Referred Law 6, which was approved by the state Legislature as HB1215 but referred to a public vote, in South Dakota would be a boost to abortion-rights activists and candidates througout the nation.
"We have a very real opportunity to hand a very public, very clear defeat to the anti-choice crowd in the very state that they claim is the most pro-life in the country, and doing so would send shockwaves to red states and will define the way this issue is perceived," Herseth said.
Herseth responded to the Whalen statement through her spokesman, Russ Levsen. Levsen rejected the assertions that Herseth is out of touch with South Dakotans on abortion or that her conference-call comments revealed an extreme position on the issue.
"Representative Herseth has consistently said that the South Dakota abortion ban, which lacks exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the pregnant woman, goes too far," Levsen said.
There will be more to come on this, as I hear there's more on the tape that's a little less flattering - including her apologizing for representing a conservative or 'red state.' I'm working on hunting this down. Stay tuned.