Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Buffalo News - Rove characterized Miers as pro-life to key conservative

Buffalo News - Rove characterized Miers as pro-life to key conservative: "In a private conversation designed to garner support for the nomination of Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court, White House aide Karl Rove told a key conservative Christian leader that the Texas lawyer had taken positions that 'would not be supportive of abortion.'

The unusual contact between Rove and James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, a Colorado evangelical group staunchly opposed to abortion, came two days before President Bush announced Miers' nomination.

Dobson is one of the few fundamental Christian leaders to endorse Miers, whose lack of a public stand on abortion or other conservative legal issues has prompted widespread criticism among Bush's traditional supporters.

Dobson made the disclosure in a radio address tape-recorded Tuesday for broadcast today, following threats that the Senate Judiciary Committee might subpoena him and force him to describe his conversation with Rove.

'I'm gonna tell them what I would say to them if I were sitting before the Judiciary Committee,' Dobson said at the outset of the broadcast."


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