Question of the day
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller
State Sen. Jason Barickman said Illinois voters punished Republicans in the midterm election, in part, because of the GOP stance on abortion. He said his party needs to acknowledge there are instances in which abortion should be legal and be willing to say what those legal conditions are.
“That type of a statement, I think, is wildly controversial in Republican primaries. But the fact we are unwilling to even say that has created among many, especially women, an unwillingness to even entertain a Republican as a vote,” said the Bloomington Republican.
Barickman, speaking on WGLT’s Sound Ideas, said the GOP has put itself in a corner on social issues.
“In that corner there is a limited pool of votes that are available to them. It’s not even that all those Republicans standing in that corner believe in all those issues, they simply have become more silent on them,” he said.
* The Question: Should the new Republican legislative leaders put special emphasis on recruiting pro-choice candidates for 2024? Explain.