Haley’s response — striking in its modesty compared to other, harder-line positions from Republican rivals like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — follows Ohio’s sweeping adoption of a referendum Tuesday codifying the right to abortion in the state constitution. . Now, with anti-abortion forces reeling after a string of defeats at the state level, Haley is trying to chart a more compromising path for her party.
The Ohio referendum wasn’t the only abortion rights victory Tuesday. Virginia Democrats won full control of the state legislature through campaigns focused on abortion rights, blocking Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s hopes of passing legislation that would restrict access to abortion. ‘abortion.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also said the issue should be decided on a state-by-state basis and that candidates should not “bypass states to prevent them from doing what they need to do.”
Other candidates have taken a more traditional GOP stance. Scott reiterated his support for a 15-week federal ban on abortion. When asked if she would support such legislation, Haley said she would “support whatever passes” and would “get 60 votes in the Senate.”
“Let’s get people together and decide what we can agree on,” Haley said. “But don’t make the American people think you’re going to impose something on them when we don’t even have the votes in the Senate.”
Republicans have struggled with their message on abortion, especially since Roe v. Wade was knocked down. Ahead of Wednesday’s debate, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was criticized for the GOP’s losses Tuesday, again called on Republicans to engage on the issue.
“We can’t ignore abortion,” McDaniel said on the “Ruthless” podcast. “We can’t cross-advertise and only run crime ads and then Democrats will run abortion ads and then we’ll sit back and act like it’s not being discussed.”