GOP leaders: Skirting abortion issue not an answer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican party leaders are telling anti-abortion activists that shying away from social issues is not a winning strategy for Republicans, even though rhetoric on those subjects has at times alienated voters and cost the GOP elections.

They say Republicans have to figure out how to talk about abortion without ditching their values or scaring away voters.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says black and Hispanic voters side with social conservatives on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, but Republicans haven't done a good job reaching out to those reliably Democratic blocs.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says a little compassion goes a long way when talking about abortion.

They spoke Wednesday at a gathering organized by the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.

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