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Marco Rubio says he doesn't support abortion-ban exception for rape, incest -- but he signed on to bill that did

via @learyreports

Marco Rubio had a winning night in Cleveland, providing perhaps the best offensive on Hillary Clinton.

But on abortion, he misrepresented his support for an exception for rape or incest.

Here is his exchange with Megyn Kelly.

KELLY: Senator Rubio, you favor a rape and incest exception to abortion bans. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York just said yesterday those exceptions are preposterous. He said they discriminate against an entire class of human beings. If you believe that life begins at conception, as you say you do, how do you justify ending a life just because it begins violently, through no fault of the baby?  

RUBIO: Well, Megyn, first of all, I'm not sure that that's a correct assessment of my record. I would go on to add that I believe all--

KELLY: You don't favor a rape and incest exception?

RUBIO: I have never said that. And I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection.

So what's up? Rubio has effectively taken both sides.

In 2013, Rubio signed on to a bill that carved out exceptions.

But in a Fox interview earlier this year, Rubio split the issue, saying if he were president and the only bill that could pass included exceptions, he would sign it. He added, however, that he personally believes "all human life is worthy of protection."

Rubio's campaign has not yet responded to a request for comment.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

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