Friday, April 8, 2011

Trump explains conversion on abortion

Donald Trump tells David Brody why he's now pro-life.

"I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the reasons I changed -- one of the primary reasons -- a friend of mine's wife was pregnant, in this case married. She was pregnant and he didn't really want the baby. And he was telling me the story. He was crying as he was telling me the story.

.... He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him. And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life."

Trump has been greeted with surprising, if guarded, openness from evangelicals.

Tony Evans, president of the Family Research Council, has said that "strong statements" on core social issues may lead some to support him.

Meanwhile, Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman, Ralph Reed, has been even more enthusiastic.

“There is a nascent and growing curiosity in the faith community about Trump. Evangelicals will like his pro-life and pro-marriage stances, combined with his business record and high-wattage celebrity all but guarantee he will get a close look from social conservatives as well as other Republican primary voters."

But social conservatives also like a leader who can clearly articulate his or her positions, and so far, Trump has struggled.

When Bill O'Reilly asked him recently why he opposed gay marriage, Trump replied:

"I'm against it. I just don't feel good about it. I don't feel right about it. I'm against it."

That's a feeling-based, personal answer, but hardly philosophical.