Nebraska lawmaker backs states rights but also supports federal abortion ban ‘on principle’



Graham’s bill divided Republicans when he presented it last month, with some maintaining that the issue should be left up to the states. It also came at a moment in which abortion has been seen as politically disadvantageous to Republicans, who are trying to win back majorities in the House and Senate in November.

Bacon acknowledged it’s unlikely the Senate will be able to pass Graham’s bill — or any pro-abortion rights legislation, for that matter — given the 60-vote threshold for passing most legislation. For that reason, “most of these decisions are going to be made at the state level,” Bacon said.

The Nebraska congressman also said he supports Herschel Walker’s campaign for Senate in Georgia “for policy positions.” Walker, who is running in a close race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and opposes abortion rights, faced allegations last week that he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion, along with attacks on him by his son, Christian Walker.

“Herschel needs to come clean and just be honest,” Bacon said of the abortion allegations, which Walker has denied. “We also know that we all make mistakes and it’s just better, if this actually did happen, say, ‘I’m sorry.’” POLITICO has not independently confirmed the allegations, reported by the Daily Beast.

However, Bacon added, “This is ultimately going to come down to positions.”

POLITICO has listed Bacon’s own reelection race against state Sen. Tony Vargas as a toss-up. Bacon received 51 percent of the vote in his race two years ago.

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