By Jordan Fabian - 06/24/11 09:15 AM EDT
Ron Paul is ramping up his travel schedule over the next week while promoting a sometimes-overlooked part of his platform: his opposition to abortion rights.
The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman will look to burnish his credentials with anti-abortion-rights voters when he speaks at the National Right to Life Committee’s annual convention on Friday in the Sunshine State.
Paul sees the 2012 campaign as an opportune time to expand his appeal, as Republican voters have become more sympathetic to his small-government, anti-war views.
But Paul does not want to forsake anti-abortion-rights and social-conservative voters, a traditionally powerful bloc of the GOP electorate that’s battling to maintain its relevance in a campaign environment more focused on the economy and jobs.
Last week, Paul signed a candidates pledge compiled by the Susan B. Anthony List, a major anti-abortion-rights group.
And with the House in recess next week, Paul is looking to shore up support in two key early primary states.
He’ll spend Monday in Iowa, the first caucus state, before he heads to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where he’ll campaign next Thursday and Friday.