Trump's potential running mate also backtracks on abortion comments

Trump's Potential Running Mate Also Backtracks on Abortion Comments

One of the top candidates to join Donald Trump on the Republican ticket is coming under fire for going against the party line on a major issue.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn did an about-face after getting a negative reaction from conservatives for this comment about abortion:

"I think women have to be able to choose — what they, sort of the right of choice," Flynn said in an interview with ABC.

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Flynn was roundly criticized by pro-life groups, with some even saying his stance should disqualify him from vice presidential consideration.

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Stephen Baldwin

Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

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Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

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Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

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Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

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Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

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Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

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Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

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Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

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Flynn then backtracked and said he was pro-life, telling Fox News: "This pro-choice issue is a legal issue that should be decided by the courts. I believe in law. If people want to change the law, they should vote so that we can appoint pro-life judges. I believe the law should be changed."

But this might give Flynn and Trump something to bond over, since the presumptive Republican nominee also faced criticism for his comments on abortion in March — but in his case, many conservatives felt he went too far.

"Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no? As a principle," MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Donald Trump during a candidate town hall.

"The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment," Trump answered.

"For the woman?" asked Matthews.

"Yeah. There has to be some form," Trump replied.

Trump is reportedly vetting Flynn as well as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as vice presidential candidates. He said he'll make his decision by the end of the week.

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