Washington Post Names Ronchetti in Top Five Republicans Caught Flip-Flopping on Abortion

Washington Post Names Ronchetti in Top Five Republicans Caught Flip-Flopping on Abortion

Ronchetti’s Desperate Attempt to Erase Abortion Website Garners More National Attention

 

This weekend, the Washington Post published an article naming GOP Nominee for Governor of New Mexico Mark Ronchetti as one of five notable Republicans from across the country who recently backtracked on abortion.  

 

Mark Ronchetti was recently exposed for deleting his extremist abortion stance from his website—instead of saying that he is “strongly Pro-Life” and a “champion” on the issue, Ronchetti’s website now says he will “seek a middle ground with our legislature.” After Ronchetti’s deletion, the Democratic Party of New Mexico launched a microsite to inform the public on his true stance in his own words. See what Ronchetti deleted from his website at RonchettiOnAbortion.com 

 

“Ronchetti is joining other GOP candidates as they attempt to distance themselves from their extremist anti-abortion views, even though in private, there is no indication he has changed his mind about trying to ban abortion in New Mexico,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico spokesperson Daniel Garcia. “This weekend’s mention in the Washington Post shows that Ronchetti isn’t fooling anyone; his abortion backpedaling is literally national news.”

 

Read the full story below:

 

The most telling GOP flip-flops and walk backs on abortion

 

By Aaron Blake

 

It has pretty much become abundantly clear that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade has created at least a momentary political problem for Republicans.

 

Democrats have repeatedly overperformed in special elections since then, and they’ve also gained in the “generic ballot” of the 2022 midterm election, raising doubts about the GOP’s hopes of winning both the House and Senate. Republicans are also in the position of accounting for what the party will do now that the Supreme Court no longer prevents them from banning abortion — something that was a powerful issue in the abstract but is considerably more fraught now.

 

And perhaps nothing drives home the difficulty of that position like the flip-flops and walk backs by some key Republicans. Below are some of the biggest reversals on this issue of late.

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  1. Mark Ronchetti

 

Before: The New Mexico gubernatorial nominee ran for Senate in 2020 while calling himself “strongly pro-life” and saying, “Life should be protected — at all stages.” The day Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, his gubernatorial campaign website also described him as “strongly Pro-Life.”

 

Now: Ronchetti’s campaign website now says he’s “pro-life,” without the “strongly.” It adds: “… but as governor he will seek a middle ground with our legislature.” And, like Masters, it cites what voters want in saying Ronchetti supports “permitting abortion up to 15 weeks and in cases involving rape, incest, and when a mother’s life is at risk.” Ronchetti has also run an ad supportive of the 15-week ban.

 

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