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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Politics: ANOTHER REPUBLICAN RACIST?

Beauprez sorry for comment

Blacks say abortion remark offensive and "unacceptable"

Rocky Mountain News
By: Stuart Steers
August 31, 2006

Congressman Bob Beauprez outraged several black officials this week when he said 70% of pregnant African-Americn women have abortions.

Beauprez, the Republican candidate for governor, made the comments in a radio interview on KCFR's Colorado Matters program Monday.

"I've seen numbers as high as 70%, maybe even more, in the African-American community that I think is just appalling." Beauprez told the station during a discussion of his position on abortion.

***Sounds to me like he was trying to push his agenda for the Republican base! There are more than just Republicans in Colorado, and they all don't believe in abortions. They believe in a "choice," which doesn't always mean "abortion!"

On Wednesday, Beauprez apologized.

"I was wrong about the statistic I quoted in a recent interview," he said in a statement.

"I apologize to the African-American community and anyone else who was offended. I should have verified the statistic before repeating it."

Typical!

But many of Colorado's black leaders said they were still deeply offended by Beauprez's comments and wouldn't forget them.

"He was trying to create a wedge issue and chose the African-American community as his whipping boy," said Rep. Terrance Carroll (D-Denver). "Apparently, he pulled the figures out of the air."

***Wedge issues, huh? That's a Rove tactic that Rove thinks will make the Republicans win this election! Don't any of these Republicans have minds of their own?

Beauprez's statement was the latest stumble for the congressman, who has stepped on toes of other minority groups with previous comments.

Denver City councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth called Beauprez's comments "unacceptable."

Baueprez is "a nice person," she said, but "last time I checked, he'd never been pregnant and he definitely has never been black."

A federal study in 2005 estimated there were 495 abortions among black women for every 1,000 births. That means that of 1,495 pregnancies, roughly one-third end in abortion, about three times the rate among whites.

Rep. Rosemary Marshall (D-Denver), said Beauprez's comments show a lack of sensitivity to what is often a tragic situation.

"He was trying to push his right-wing, anti-abortion agenda and using an ethnic minority group to do that," said Marshall.

This was the latest stuble for the congressman, who has said his diverse experience as a dairy farmer, banker and developer prepares him to be "a governor for all of Colorado."

***Sounds too racist to me! If elected, he will push the Republican agenda all everyone! And probably make only one religion allowed in Colorado!

"I fit Colorado," Beauprez has said.

Earlier this month Beauprez drew criticsim when he chose a running mate, Mesa County Commisioner Janet Rowland, who once compared homosexuality to beastiality.

Last year, Beauprez offended many Hispanics when he commented on the apparently slow-moving extradition of a Mexican national accused of killing a Denver police officer.

"I've vacationed in Mexico before---I know exactly what Mexican time is," Beauprez said.

He later apologized.

***This guy sounds too prejudice to be the head of anything let alone a governor.

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