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Peter King Weighs in on Abortion and GOP's Chances Locally at Convention

Massapequa's House member expresses confidence that Republican abortion policy won't change under Romney.

Rep. , R-Seaford, says he doesn't believe that a potential Mitt Romney administration's stance on abortion will differ much from prior Republican administrations.

In an interview with MSNBC from the GOP convention floor in Tampa, King also said he's confident that his party's nominee will carry his new congressional district.

King said he was not concerned with the Republican stance on abortion.

"I'm pro-life and this is basically the platform we've had since Ronald Reagan won in 1980," he said.

When asked if he was concerned that the platform doesn't exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is at risk, the congressman said he believes Romney's beliefs are in line with the last Republican president.

"Mitt Romney himself and George Bush before him all made the exceptions, I think the America people see that," he said, before blasting Democrats for harping too much on social issues. "The more the Democrats focus on issues like that, the more you're going to see them run away from the economy."

King will be running in the newly drawn 2nd Congressional District.

In 2008 before district lines were redrawn, the district, which was represented by Rep. Steve Israel, D-Dix Hills, was carried by President Obama. But King thinks the GOP has a fighting chance in 2012.

"I think we can do it," he said. "[Republican Vice Presidential nominee] Paul Ryan especially is going to resonate with middle income families."

Acknowledging that the presidential election "is going to be a tough competitive race" in his new district King said Romney has some work cut out for him.

"It's up to him to really present himself to the American people," King said, adding "I feel very good because of President Obama. He has really lost a lot of support over the last four years."

King has been representing the 3rd Congressional District which was carried by Republican John McCain in 2008 before redistrcting.

Patrick Hogan August 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hey Ed, can you clarify the congressional district situation. I just moved back to Massapequa after being gone for a few years, and it looks to me like King is running for the same territory he always has, as is Israel.
Jason Molinet August 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Steve Israel's territory is vastly expanded. He assumes all of Nassau's North Shore, which Gary Ackerman currently represents.
Edward Robinson August 29, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Patrick, King will still represent Massapequa but Massapequa will be in the second District, which had been Steve Israel's. Israel will represent the 3rd District. King will lose territory to the west and north of his present district. King's new district will spread out east on the south shore.
David Rosenthal August 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The deck is marked and already counted. Influence from the top redealt those cards. Politics knows no bounds. To make it legal and binding we have the chance to vote. Wow.

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