Taking the Pledge

by Rick Santorum



As Marjorie Dannenfelser makes clear, the hospital issue that Governor Romney raised is actually not an issue — it is not anywhere near the center of the abortion fight and nobody is proposing to make it so. The pledge does, however, ask candidates to select appointees to “relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services,” not “a broad array of key positions in the federal government,” as Governor Romney writes. I would expect a pro-life candidate to agree to such a simple proposition, just as I would expect a pro-business candidate not to appoint a union boss to head the Department of Labor or someone from the Environmental Defense Fund to head the EPA. So, now that Marjorie has allayed Governor Romney’s stated concerns with the pledge, I would suggest he be asked to sign it once again.

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