Phyllis Schlafly defended Presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) against charges made by Presidential candidate Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) who, on the Jan Mickelson radio show in Iowa, accused Congressman Tancredo of having ties to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion in the world. Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum, a pro-family organization instituted in 1972, is an outspoken opponent of abortion. Brownback stated that Tancredo’s commitment to pro-life is dubious because he accepted a campaign contribution from an individual that supports the Congressman’s stand against illegal immigration. Brownback alleged that same individual has in the past supported Planned Parenthood. Schlafly dismissed the charge as “ridiculous.”
“I’ve known him [Tancredo] for 30 years and he’s solid on every issue,” Schlafly said. “And he’s a long time consistent pro-lifer… I’m really distressed that Brownback has made some ugly charges about him, which I believe are not true.” Brownback’s presidential campaign has lately resorted to “push calls” asking pro-lifers to “Say no to Tom Tancredo and his Planned Parenthood friend and help end abortion in America.”
Brownback in his “push calls” accuses Tancredo of accepting “tens of thousands of dollars” from the founder of a Planned Parenthood network. He also stated that pro-life Republicans are asking Tancredo to donate the money he accepted to a crisis pregnancy center in Iowa that helps women choose life. Brownback said that Tancredo has refused to do so.
Phyllis Schlafly recorded a “push call” of her own dismissing the charges against Tancredo. In her calls she told voters that Senator Brownback was making calls to cast doubt on the pro-life commitment of Congressman Tancredo. “I want it to go on record as saying… I know for sure he [Tancredo] has always been a champion of the right to life of the unborn.”
Tancredo has demanded an apology from Senator Brownback for the “despicable and deceitful campaign tactics” he is using to mislead the voters in Iowa, referring to Brownback’s “push calls” to voters. Tancredo stated that he and Brownback had been friends for years and that Brownback was aware of his life-long commitment to the unborn. Tancredo said “I call on Senator Brownback to cease with the maliciously misleading push calls intended to harm me and apologize.”
As to the contributions he has received Tancredo held “Americans from all walks of life, from all racial and religious backgrounds, and from all political persuasions support me because they believe as I do that illegal immigration is the greatest domestic threat we face as a nation and they know I will never resolve this issue by giving amnesty to illegal aliens.”
The National Right to Life Committee grades Tancredo A and a 0% rating from NARAL, an abortion rights organization.