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Possible Trump VP pick supports abortion rights

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington
Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats" in Washington February 4, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON — Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, under consideration by Republican Donald Trump as a possible vice presidential choice, said on Sunday he favors a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

That stance places Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, at odds with the official Republican Party position, which is firmly anti-abortion.

Asked about his position on abortion on ABC News’ “This Week,” Flynn, a registered Democrat, said “women have to be able to choose” and that women “have to make the decision because they’re the … ones that are going to decide to bring up that child or not.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican White House nominee, has said he will pick his vice president before the party’s nomination convention opens on July 18. Flynn has been an adviser to the Trump campaign since early this year.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump is becoming increasingly infatuated with Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014 under President Obama, because he believes national unrest and the threat of terrorism may demand a “tough and steady” presence on the ticket.

As a businessman and real estate developer, Trump also likes the idea of teaming up with another nonpolitician, the Post reported.

For weeks Trump has conducted a high-profile canvassing of Republican political stalwarts as part of his running mate search, but he has also made clear he is looking at what a military leader would bring to the ticket.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Reuters on Saturday that Flynn had emerged as a possibility.

According to the source, Flynn is seen as someone who would be able to help Trump in the area of national security at a time of challenges abroad like the threat from Islamic State militants.

Trump is also considering more conventional vice presidential contenders, such as former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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  • The religious right is officially an irrelevance. Trump isn’t even pretending to care about their agenda. The funny thing is it has zero effect on his appeal to that crowd. They are so primed against Democrats they don’t care who they are voting for as long as the candidate is republican.

  • Republican leadership has put themselves in such a quagmire with Trump. Most of them have shown just how feckless, how absent true morals they really are by supporting him. This is what more than a quarter century of demonizing, lying, fostering hate, etc., would get for any political party. They don’t get my sympathy. You made your bed . . . . . . . . . .

  • Sometimes I have to give Trump a well done. For him to support an individual who is pro-choice is amazing. He is basically telling the Republican party, I will do things my way. In this particular case it is the right way.

  • Well, that lasted twenty minutes or so. The good general has flipped and flopped.

    Power, money and dominion, and not the hokey pokey. That’s what it’s all about. From CNN:

    Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is being vetted by Donald Trump’s campaign as a potential vice presidential candidate, flip-flopped his position on abortion in the last two days.

    Flynn said Sunday that it was up to women “to make the decision” about whether to end a pregnancy, a position squarely contradicting the Republican Party’s long-held opposition to abortion rights.

    But on Monday, Flynn described himself as a “pro-life Democrat” and said that the current court standing, which allows for some legal abortions, should be reversed.

    “This pro-choice issue is a legal issue that should be decided by the courts,” Flynn said on Fox News. “I believe in law. If people want to change the law, they should vote so that we can appoint pro-life judges. I believe the law should be changed.”

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