Even though the 2012 presidential election is still more than a year away, the campaign is well under way. Candidates are already in the field, or closely watching from the sidelines, trying to determine what voters want to see done in a new presidential administration.
While the economy and fiscal issues are certainly high on voters’ priority lists, presidential and Congressional candidates should keep in mind that social issues are also of the utmost importance for both the betterment of the country and their electoral prospects.
The Washington Times reports that abortion will be a large issue in the 2012 campaign. As Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, has estimated, those opposing the effort to defund Planned Parenthood could “cost them a couple Senate seats.” Similarly, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, noted, “Votes have consequences, especially for politicians who say one thing at home and do another in Washington when it comes to protecting life.”
Politicians would do well to realize that, for the most part, voters are concerned about both economic and social issues. Even more important is the fact that fiscal responsibility and the protection of life can be advanced together. Defunding Planned Parenthood certainly serves as an excellent starting point.
Be sure to check out the National Review article, in which Dannenfelser and Norquist eloquently point out the agreement between economic and social conservatives.