Charlie Baker has clearly mastered the first law of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.
Under biting attack from Democrats, the Republican gubernatorial candidate quickly backed away Thursday from remarks he made a day earlier that downplayed the significance of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on insurance coverage for contraceptives.
In a statement, Baker said he was “deeply concerned” that when he said Wednesday that his personal view of the ruling “doesn’t matter,” he may have led voters to believe that he does not support women’s access to birth control coverage. And he said he misspoke when he said the ruling would not affect women in Massachusetts.
Baker’s swift turnaround underscored the enduring power of volatile social issues to trip up Republicans in Massachusetts, a traditionally liberal state where the GOP seeks to minimize its differences with Democrats on abortion and gay rights.
“He had to do sort of a mea culpa and show that he is actually in step with Massachusetts thought,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a political analyst and professor of communications at Boston University.
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