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Rockefeller Works to Define Views in Run for Governor

MAY 11, 2005 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Political observers say Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller has begun the process of outlining his views in preparation for his run for governor in 2006.

Former congressman and Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson is seen as Rockefeller's main opponent in the Republican primary.  Political analysts say a tough race for the GOP nomination will demand that Rockefeller be increasingly more specific about his positions and goals for the state.

In the past, Rockefeller also has said he was for abortion rights, but in a major campaign mailer last month to thousands of Republicans statewide, he asserted an anti-abortion stance.  He has said he changed his mind about abortion some time between 1998 and 2002, shifting his stance because of his Christian faith and because his two children with Down's syndrome are "a living example of the importance and sanctity of human life."

Hutchinson suggested that Rockefeller "readjusting his position" was political expedience.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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