Bauer, Keyes Challenge Bush's Pro-Life Stance

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - Conservative GOP presidential hopefuls Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes
urged Republican frontrunner George W Bush, Sunday, to take a strong pro-life stand on the issue of abortion, and warned the Texas governor to expect pointed questions on the matter at their next debate.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Bauer said that he was giving Bush "36 hours advance notice" prior to Monday night's televised GOP presidential debates in Iowa, where the former head of the Family Research Council said he will ask Bush "a very fundamental question - was Roe v Wade wrongly decided or correctly decided?"

Bauer said that the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion was "a blot on our national conscience."

"I think that any nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan ought to be willing to say that's bad law and it needs to be overturned," added Bauer.

Bauer said that if Bush wins the nomination, but does not choose a strong pro-life running mate it will cost him the presidency.

"I believe that if George Bush picks a running mate that's thinks it's okay to continue to exploit women this way, that it's okay to continue to have one and a half million children a year that don't even get to draw the first breath of life; that [Republicans] will not make it back into the White House. It's as simple as that," said Bauer.

Appearing on the same show, Keyes said that the issue of abortion is a fundamental issue that Bush has refused to tackle head on.

"Issues like abortion that assault the basic moral principles of our nation's life have to be addressed up front," said Keyes. "My problem with GW Bush is that he doesn't want to face those priorities."

Keyes also said that not by not directly dealing with the abortion question Bush would lose the presidential election if he gets the nomination.

"Any Republican who is not willing to address that moral crisis as the top priority is going to lose this election," said Keyes.