.- California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is committed to reducing the number of abortions to zero and thinks same-sex âmarriageâ was âsettledâ by Proposition 8, a campaign official has said.
Poizner, a Republican who is presently State Insurance Commissioner, faces former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in the Republican primary.
In a Tuesday interview, CNA spoke with Lanhee Chen, the policy director for Poiznerâs campaign.
Asked about Poiznerâs policy on abortion, he said Poizner is âcommitted to driving the number of abortions to zeroâ and opposes late-term abortions.
âItâs an issue that I think heâs personally examined since heâs entered public life,â Chen added.
His view comes to him âfrom being a father as well as from his personal faith, which is Jewish. Itâs a combination of all those factors.â
However, Chen told CNA the gubernatorial candidate would not be supportive of outlawing all abortions.
Rather, for him the question is how policymakers can work together to bring the number of abortions down to zero.
Poizner favors parental notification as âone very good wayâ to advance that goal.
âThatâs where the fight is going to be,â Chen commented, reporting the candidate favors the 2010 Parental Notification Initiative.
On the issue of same-sex marriage, Poizner voted in favor of Proposition 8 and âbelieves strongly in traditional marriage.â
âOn marriage the voters of California have spoken pretty resoundingly twice now in the last several yearsâ Chen continued.
For Chen and âa lot of people,â the marriage issue is âa settled question.â
âAdvocates arenât going to stop trying to bring the issue up again, but from Steveâs perspective it is settled,â he told CNA.
âHeâs really well-positioned in this race. He is the conservative alternative here in California,â Chen continued, saying he is âwhat California voters are looking for right now.â
The policy director cited the stateâs âhugeâ budget problem and the departure of businesses and individuals from the state.
Supporters of social conservatism and âvalues voters,â claimed Chen, are âcoalescingâ around Poizner and âfeel pretty strongly he is going to be the best alternative for social conservatives in this election.â