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MADISON, Wisconsin (Associated Press) — Republican Tim Michaels said Friday he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if he made it to his office as governor, a shift from his earlier statement that the 1849 Wisconsin ban — except only for maternal life — was an “accurate mirror.” for his position.

Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell Michaels asked if he would sign a bill passed by the legislature excluding rape and incest cases.

Michaels replied, “I am pro-life, but I also understand that this is a representative democracy, and if the people, in this case the legislature, introduce a bill in front of me, I will sign it.”

Democratic Governor Tony Evers, engaged in a close race with Michaels in the key swing state, supports abortion rights. Evers supported a lawsuit brought by Democratic Attorney General Josh Cole, which says the state’s ban of 1849 was invalidated by another law passed in 1985 that would allow abortion before the point of feasibility.

For months, Michele campaigned on statements that he would not support exceptions to the state’s abortion ban. At a GOP event in Dane County earlier this month, Michaels said he wouldn’t soften his stance on abortion, despite receiving calls asking him to support rape and incest cases.

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“I win because people see a strong leader, a man who is convinced, a man who does not dance, a man who does not flop,” he said on September 6.

Michaels’ campaign disputed that he was changing his position, saying that he simply answered a question about how he would handle certain legislation.

Time and again polls have shown that a majority of people in Wisconsin support abortion rights, and Wisconsin Democrats have made their support for abortion rights central to midterm campaigns.

A spokeswoman for the Evers campaign said she doubted Michelle’s views had changed.

“Tim Michaels has told us what he thinks over and over, even promising earlier this month that he wouldn’t temper his dangerous views on abortion. We know he’s been telling us the truth for the past two decades because he’s consistently opposed these exceptions,” Evers spokeswoman Kayla Anderson said. .

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