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After Four Tries, Trump Settles On His Abortion Answer

He tried it out on John Dickerson in a Face the Nation preview.
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There is no daylight between the "mainstream" Republican Party and Donald Trump on abortion rights. The only difference they have is that Trump comes out and says it, while the spinners spin it for others.

Still the same song in a different key.

But Trump has gotten some heat for coming out and saying what they all think, so he's shifted his answer around to soften what he said about punishing women who have abortions.

Here he is with John Dickerson:

"A question was asked to me. And it was asked in a very hypothetical. And it was said, 'Illegal, illegal,'" Trump explained. "I've been told by some people that was an older line answer and that was an answer that was given on a, you know, basis of an older line from years ago on a very conservative basis."

Asked how he'd like to change the law to further restrict access to abortions, Trump replied, "The laws are set now on abortion and that's the way they're going to remain until they're changed."

"I would've preferred states' rights," he added. "I think it would've been better if it were up to the states. But right now, the laws are set....At this moment, the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way."

"Do you think abortion is murder?" Dickerson asked.

"I have my opinions on it, but I'd rather not comment on it," Trump replied.

"You said you were very pro-life," Dickerson followed up. "Pro-life means that...abortion is murder."

"I mean, I do have my opinions on it. I just don't think it's an appropriate forum," said Trump.

"But you don't disagree with that proposition, that it's murder?" Dickerson asked.

"No, I don't disagree with it," Trump eventually replied.

After that clip was released, CBS had to post a clarification from his campaign, reaffirming Republicans' intent to use the courts to make their point:

"Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now --until he is President," Hicks said. "Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here."

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