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Laura Bush — who outed herself as pro-abortion rights and marriage equality in 2010 — told CNN’s Erin Burnett that she didn’t think the GOP’s stands on social issues were a “mistake” in the 2012 election, but “there were obvious examples of candidates that I think frightened some women.”

She went on to say, “But they were the exception rather than the norm.”

Likely the former First Lady was referencing Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, whose pained defenses of opposing abortion even in cases of rape cost them their elections.

However, Akin and Mourdock’s beliefs on abortion are, in fact, the GOP “norm.” The Republican Party platform bans abortion in all cases — the same stand taken by Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee and a frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Georgia GOP senatorial nominee Herschel Walker is doubling down on his denials he paid a girlfriend to have an abortion, emphatically insisting he knows “nothing” about it – after saying, “why in the world would I not be forgiven of something like that?” and insisting it’s “nothing to be ashamed of” – despite wanting to criminalize and ban all abortion.

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