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Trump Fumbles Abortion Question Again, Says Current Laws Shouldn’t Change

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.  

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When it comes to abortion, Donald Trump just can’t seem to figure out what he really believes. After his no good, very bad week on the campaign trail, the Republican front-runner sought to do some damage control by sitting down with CBS’ Face the Nation. All he did was dig himself deeper into a hole, and his campaign had to come to the rescue with a statement denying that the candidate had said what he had just said. Sound familiar?

In an excerpt of the interview broadcast Friday night, Trump said current abortion laws shouldn’t change. “The laws are set now on abortion and that’s the way they’re going to remain until they’re changed.”

Host John Dickerson proceeded to ask Trump about previous comments in which he said abortion should be banned at some point of the pregnancy. “I would’ve preferred states’ rights,” he added. “I think it would’ve been better if it were up to the states. But right now, the laws are set.”

But wouldn’t he want to change the law? After all, it’s not like Trump has been shy about saying he wants to change a lot of other laws and regulations.

“At this moment, the laws are set,” Trump said. “And I think we have to leave it that way.”

Later Trump repeatedly refused to answer whether he believed abortion is murder. “I have my opinions on it, but I’d rather not comment,” Trump said. Dickerson pressed the issue until finally Trump said “I don’t disagree” with the statement that abortion is murder.

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