Paul Babeu Falsely Claims He's Always Been Pro-Life in Latest Campaign Video, Old News Articles Detail Flip-Flop on Issue
Political spin is one thing.
Politicians do it all the time -- the classic distorting the truth beyond recognition so long as there is some nugget of truth that remains.
Paul Babeu, who is running for a seat in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, isn't wasting time on that anymore.
In his latest campaign video, "What the voters are saying," -- a collection of his political allies or PCSO employees -- Babaeu's former campaign manager opens with a pretty bold untruth.
"Paul's always been pro-life. I like that," says Cheryl Chase, who ran Babeu's campaign for sheriff and works as the community outreach director for the sheriff's office.
Always been pro-life?
It's a message that a toothy Babeu approves. He says so on the video.
But, we're going to have to go with "false" on that one.
(Video after the jump.)
Rewind to October 1996, when Babeu was running for a seat in the Massachusetts Senate.
A short news piece about Babeu and his stance on abortion appeared on publiceye.org.
In 1988, Babeau, at 19, was an antiabortion crusading North Adams city councilman who worked with Americans for Robertson. Today, Babeau says he is pro-choice. "At the time Pat Robertson called me," Babeau said. "He definitely flattered me and impressed me, as the youngest elected official in this state. I met him a couple of times in New Hampshire and that was the extent of my involvement in the campaign." "I've gone from more conservative to more moderate, a Massachusetts Republican," Babeau said.