Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Binnie: I’m pro-choice because we were gong to have a “special needs child”

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Binnie in crosshairs of conservative group
By JOHN DISTASO
Senior Political Reporter
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

CONCORD ā€“ A conservative group’s paid media campaign against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Binnie continues today with the premiere of a television ad calling him “shockingly liberal.”

New Hampshire-based Cornerstone Action has been joined in the latest hit on businessman Binnie by the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage in what Cornerstone executive director Kevin Smith said is a $125,000 a buy on WMUR and cable outlets statewide.

Smith said the ad is scheduled to air from today through next Tuesday. It follows a Cornerstone-produced radio ad with a similar message that aired from July 22 to 28.
“Much like the radio ad, this television ad is to point people to the fact that Bill Binnie is not a conservative,” said Smith. “He keeps saying he is, but he’s not, in his own words.”

He said Cornerstone Action was “bolstered by the response to the radio ad,” which included several news stories in state and national media and Cornerstone’s “best fundraising week in the last six months.”

Binnie blamed the ad on GOP primary foe Kelly Ayotte.

“It’s clear this ad is backed by Kelly Ayotte’s supporters,” he said. “It’s a dirty trick and grossly misleading. Shame on her.”

Smith said Cornerstone Action’s PAC has no plans to endorse a candidate in the seven-candidate GOP Senate primary “at this point.”

The only candidate it has endorsed so far is Jennifer Horn in the 2nd District U.S. House GOP primary.

The new television ad cites Binnie’s pro-choice and pro-same sex marriage positions and an online news story in which Binnie said that although he would have voted against the Barack Obama-backed health care bill he “saw elements that he liked including insurance exchanges.”

In the ad, Binnie is shown telling the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in January that he is pro-choice as an announcer says “Binnie supports abortion to avoid the expense of disabled children.”

The accusation is based on Binnie’s word in a video of the January meeting.

The video shows Binnie saying that before one of his children was born his wife “had a positive amniocentesis test. We were going to have a special needs child.”
He went on to say, “Now in my wife’s case, in my case, we could afford it and I thought about it and we had that child. Because I can afford it and my family was old enough to sit down and talk about it.”

As it turned out, he said, “We were very blessed and in a one in 100 chance, we had what’s called a false positive and our child was born healthy.”

He said that as a result he is pro-choice because “a government has no place in that decision.”

The Cornerstone ad also alleges that Binnie is “excited about gay marriage,” citing a Concord Monitor story from November 2009.

In that story, Binnie’s former spokesman, Colin Maynard, is quoted as saying that Binnie is “excited (New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law) chose to give an option for gay couples to identify themselves as married within the law, but also having an opt-out for churches.”

The ad also alleges that Binnie has said “he’s open to imposing” a value-added tax.

It cites a video of Binnie speaking in Windham in May, in which he says, “I’m looking for a value-added tax.”

A Binnie spokesman said at the time Binnie does not support a value added tax.

The ad also cites a Chicago Tribune story written in 2003, in which Binnie, then an independent, says, “I don’t like the Republican Party.”

The ad concludes, “With these shockingly liberal positions, it’s no wonder Bill Binnie says he doesn’t like the Republican Party.”

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