The four Republican senators running for president are trying to set themselves apart as each makes the case to primary voters that he should be the GOP nominee—especially as they're painted with the same broad brush by outside-the-Beltway rivals. But there's one subject on which the lawmakers won't be able to make any distinction: late-term abortion.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who announced he's running for president earlier this month, introduced a bill Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation. Three of his fellow candidates—Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz—signed on as cosponsors to the bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill makes exceptions for saving the life of a pregnant woman and for some cases of rape and incest.
"I don't believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation," Graham wrote in a press release. "I look forward to leading this long-overdue effort and pushing for a roll call vote in the Senate."
Republican backing of such a bill isn't surprising, as the party is vocally antiabortion. But the candidates might also find public support from a significant chunk of the American public who are against late-term abortions.