McInnis said he had “zero rating by NARAL;” talk-radio host should set record straight

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I love it when any candidate (Democrat, Republican, or American Constitution Party) tells a reporter to prove him wrong and the reporter proceeds to prove him wrong. You’d think even talk-radio hosts would jump at such opportunities.

Back in May, and I apologize for getting to this so late, Scott McInnis threw down such a challenge during an appearance on the Jim Pfaff show on KLZ radio.

McInnis said:

My record is pro-life. When I was in Congress, I had zero rating by NARAL. And that’s very easy for people to look at.

He’s right, it is very easy to look at, and Pfaff himself should have gone and looked for it, but he didn’t. So I did, like a Pols post did, at least partially, in the past.

It turns out McInnis indeed got a zero NARAL rating for five of 12 years in Congress, but for seven years he did not, meaning he got a greater-than-zero rating (between 7% and 45%) more times than he got a zero rating.

Here are scores from NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Congressional Record on Choice for McInnis when he served in Congress, and please email me if you want documentation: 1993, 25%; 1994, perfect record (Same as Pat Schroeder); 1995, 45%; 1996, 33%; 1997, 13%; 1998, 22%; 1999, 7%. Then he got a zero rating in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Pfaff is known to ask pointed questions to all his guests on the abortion issue, so I asked him if it occurred to him to check McInnis on his assertion that when he was “in Congress,” he got “zero rating by NARAL.”

“I believe that you see a pattern with him of moving forward on the issue and realizing he needed to come to better conclusions,” Pfaff told me. “He was wrong on that issue for many years.”

I pointed out to Pfaff that, regardless of McInnis’ evolving position on abortion, he made a misleading statement on his radio show, and Pfaff is the host. I suggested to Pfaff that on his next talk-radio show, he set the record straight for his listeners, who might think McInnis got a zero rating by NARAL throughout his career in Congress, not just for five of 12 years.

“We’ll have to see,” he responded. “I mean, we’ll talk to him about whatever is most important to talk about. As a conservative, and I have a strong track record in the pro-life pro-family movement, I don’t limit my viewpoints to those opinions.  I believe in free market economics. I believe that we should protect life from conception to natural death, but I also believe we should protect life all the way in the middle by keeping government off our backs. I’m going to question candidates on a whole range of issues.

He added later: “I want to know why media critics aren’t criticizing the media for not pointing out that Democrats shut out pro-lifers, shut out free-market- thinking blue dog Democrats. They get shut out. The media never point out that there’s an assault on pro-life free market Democrats.”

I told Pfaff I would not criticize the news media for this because I don’t believe it’s true, but I said I’d talk to him more about it sometime.

Excerpt of Interview with Scott McInnis, May 17, Jim Pfaff show, KLZ radio, 560-AM.

Jim Pfaff: What is, though, very important is the discussions that have happened regarding your position on the life issue and your participation in an organization that’s been called Republicans for Choice. Your name showed up on a letterhead in 1998 while you were in Congress. And you’ve obviously taken some steps to try to explain what all this meant. First of all, how did your name end up on that letter? Explain that first.

Scott McInnis: Let’s start at the very beginning by saying I’m pro-life. I’ll be a pro-life governor. And when I become governor I will do just exactly like Gov. Owens did and that is we will defund the funding that Ritter and Hickenlooper would keep in place in regards to Planned Parenthood. So there’s no question about that. Second, in regards to my record, which is the beauty of what I have. Nobody else out there, they all say they are pro-life, but nobody has a record. My record is pro-life. When I was in Congress, I had zero rating by NARAL. And that’s very easy for people to look at.


16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Car 31 says:

    “Prove me wrong”!

    Almost always, they’re wrong.

    Nice job Jason.

  2. Automaticftp says:

    I mean, really?

    He’s just like AR–a bald faced liar who is just seeking any office he thinks he has a shot at.  

    • DavidThi808 says:

      I don’t go around screaming that Bennet is a liar because he said one thing and did the opposite on financial reform.

      Or that he consistently said he would make sure health-care reform addressed the cost curve, yet he never even proposed anything to do so.

      • Libertad 2.0 says:

        what was the point of that comment? To be able to give yourself an air of superiority while at the same time getting your required talking points in? Sounds fun, I think I’ll try:

        Give it a rest David, it’s not like me and Libertad go around telling people that they’re being incredibly shrill and annoying like you’ve been the past few weeks and months. I mean, I haven’t even told you how arrogant and obnoxious 99% of your posts have been.

    • Froward69 says:

      used RW talking points to justify his CONSERVATIVE, Pro Bank voting record.

  3. greality says:

    The zero ratings at the end of his career weren’t because he had a change of heart, but a change of agenda from the White House. When W. was POTUS Scott didn’t get the same kinds of chances to vote his pro-choice line like he did when Clinton was POTUS

    • Aristotle says:

      That raises the question as to what NARAL was basing their ratings upon, during the Bush years. There must have been some things that came to a vote, even if it was only in committee.

    • TCU2011 says:

      A change of heart seems like the most likely thing.  Even from the Republicans for Choice timeline, it looks like his switch occurred at that time.  Change of heart. He’s been solidly pro-life for the past decade.  From those NARAL ratings its easy to see a change as the numbers start very high and continue to decline until those years of 0%. Trend looks just like a change of heart to me.

  4. Progressive Promoter says:

    During the 1990’s, I can attest to the fact that McInnis called himself “pro-choice” at least through 1997, when my own planned parenthood began. Back in those days NARAL had group of activists out of Delta County that kept in regular contact with him, as did the Colorado Republicans for Choice. Of course, that was in the old days when moderate Republicans roamed the range undisturbed…

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