Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York senatorial campaign unleashed two new television spots that attacked her opponent Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.) for his stance on abortion. Lazio opposes Medicaid-funded abortions for low-income women. In both 30-second ads former New York City Mayor Ed Koch speaks out against Lazio’s position on abortion. “He’s not really pro-choice because he won’t support funding abortion for poor women, which I support and Hillary supports,” Koch frankly reveals to New York City residents.
Lazio’s camp immediately criticized Koch for his outspokenness on the issue and his attack on Lazio when Koch himself opposes “partial-birth” abortions. The Lazio campaign claims to hold “mainstream New York positions,” says Lazio spokesperson Dan McLagan. But in fact, New York is one of 14 states that pays for Medicaid-funded abortions.