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John McCain Will Not Pick Pro-Abortion Running Mate, Rules Out Tom Ridge
Life News ^ | 8/19/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/19/2008 4:14:38 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- John McCain has reoprtedly confirmed he will not be picking a running mate who takes a pro-abortion position and has ruled out former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who media outlets promoted as a possibility. McCain aides told Republican Party officials of the decision and they confirmed it to Fox News.

The aides and officials indicated that McCain “got the message” from pro-life advocates that picking an abortion advocate like Ridge was non-negotiable and could cost him votes.

National Review editor Rich Lowry responded to the news and told Fox News that he saw no benefit for McCain by selecting Ridge as his running mate.

“I think it’s a hard sell and I don’t see much upside to Tom Ridge except for John McCain likes him a lot,” Lowry said.

“I don’t think he’s going to be a big benefit in Pennsylvania and even if he is, I think the downside is the rest of the country among conservatives are going to be upset about this, just at the moment they're beginning to work up being excited about John McCain," he added.

Meanwhile, ABC News reports conversations with toip Republican officials who say McCain hasn't made a final decision.

It reports on two GOP operatives who say the McCain campaign solicited opinions about picking a pro-abortion running mate and that the response against it was significant.

“They’re getting a lot of pushback,” one official said, explaining that the calls to the McCain campaign warned of a November loss with an abortion advocate. "You’ve got to keep the coalition together. The Republican base is just coming home.”

While McCain has apparently ruled out a pro-abortion running mate, the same can't be said of pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama.

All of Obama's potential running mates are strongly pro-abortion, including Senators Evan Bayh and Joe Biden as well as Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; abortion; johnmccain; mccain; mccainvp; prolife
The aides and officials indicated that McCain “got the message” from pro-life advocates that picking an abortion advocate like Ridge was non-negotiable and could cost him votes.

Now he just needs to get on board with the rest of the conservative agenda.

1 posted on 08/19/2008 4:14:38 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 08/19/2008 4:15:19 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Unfortunately, the report comes from the RNC and not the McCain camp. After this report - AFTER - Lieberman submitted info to team McCain and aides said Ridge is still very much under consideration.

See National Review for an update as such.


3 posted on 08/19/2008 4:17:35 PM PDT by TitansAFC (In 2008, please vote GOP and show us that you love your country more than you hate John McCain)
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To: wagglebee
Rediculous and worrisome that such an exercise was even conducted...as if though if there had not been significant push back he would have done so.

His own moral compass and his own position on that issue...as stated in the debate...should have been his guiding light and obviated the need for such an exercise.

4 posted on 08/19/2008 4:18:09 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: wagglebee
Well, that was a no brainer, and after his solid performance at Saddlesore, it would have been a shame to blow that momentum.

In all objectivity, if one looks at the McCain campaign since he got his new campaign manager, it has been on fire, even if McCain himself has been low key. He has obliterated a heavy Obama lead in almost every state.

5 posted on 08/19/2008 4:18:23 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: wagglebee

I’m thinking Sarah Palin.


6 posted on 08/19/2008 4:23:23 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: wagglebee
Thank God. I can still hold my nose and vote for McPain. Hanging by a thread, but can still do it. I wasn't sure until I saw him in that face-off a couple of days ago.

He claimed my vote by his statements there. He will gain an avid supporter of the ticket IF he picks a young Conservative as his VP.

Nam Vet

7 posted on 08/19/2008 4:25:07 PM PDT by Nam Vet ("Erin Go Bragh", declares Democrat hopeful Barry Finnegan O'Bama)
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Let's PRAY that this will be the case.

After his Pro-Life response SAT night it seemed more certain. He would be contradicting himself w a Pro-Abort pick.

8 posted on 08/19/2008 4:25:37 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at CpForLife.org)
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To: Nam Vet

I’m in the same vote. I am willing to vote for McCain because I believe Obama will cause irreparable damage to America, but pro-abortion VP would be a deal breaker.


9 posted on 08/19/2008 4:30:10 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Hang up all your cares and woe on the old oak tree......McCain will not select a pro-infanticide running mate. His choice will be Mitt Romney and it's already decided and has been for a number of weeks.

All the noise going on is beanbag.

Leni

10 posted on 08/19/2008 4:31:02 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home in Nov & Vote for Obama-ization, More Regulation, Taxation, Litigation and Ginsburgization)
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To: TitansAFC
Unfortunately, the report comes from the RNC and not the McCain camp. After this report - AFTER - Lieberman submitted info to team McCain and aides said Ridge is still very much under consideration.

See National Review for an update as such.

I think this is correct, but do you have a link to NR?

11 posted on 08/19/2008 4:32:39 PM PDT by BrerRabbit
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To: wagglebee; HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; MHGinTN
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has also been mentioned 4 Huessien Nobama.

She would be the perfect Abortion running mate. She is friends with Tiller the Killer and IIRC hosted some type event for him in the Guv’s mansion. She's a public Pro-Abort Catholic. Her bishop has admonished her publicly and I think said she may not receive Communion. She and Huessien are the match made in hell.

12 posted on 08/19/2008 4:35:05 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at CpForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee

I’d like to see a good, strong conservative, but pro-life is the bottom line for me. I WILL NOT VOTE for an abortionist. And neither will millions of Evangalicals.

McCain is pro-life, with the stem cell exception. If he values the lives of the unborn, why on earth would he want to forward the career of a baby-killer? Or maybe it doesn’t really mean anything to him after all?


13 posted on 08/19/2008 4:43:02 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MinuteGal

Romney is a pro-abort in spite of his denials.

artlaction.com/video/romney-fairytale


14 posted on 08/19/2008 4:44:53 PM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: LS
RUSH: I have been referring today to the possibility that Senator McCain would choose Senator Lieberman as vice president as perhaps floating a trial balloon. I have since been informed that it is far more than a trial balloon. Apparently, the McCain campaign is having delegates to the Republican convention polled on the issue of Lieberman on the ticket. Also, the highest-level donors, those who have given $2 million or more are getting calls from Carly Fiorina and Schmidt, the new guy brought in to run the campaign of Charlie Black. It's not a head fake, apparently, it's a serious float. McCain's trying to gauge, take the temperature of delegates to the convention and these high donors. (cont.)

Choose Wisely, Senator McCain
15 posted on 08/19/2008 4:46:02 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Nam Vet

I like John Kasich and he IS from Ohio.


16 posted on 08/19/2008 4:50:37 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: varina davis
I like John Kasich and he IS from Ohio.

I don't like him. He voted for the Clinton gun ban.

17 posted on 08/19/2008 4:58:34 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (My book is out. Read excerpts at http://www.thejusticecooperative.com)
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To: Miss Didi

This would be, as Tom Lantos used to say, “soo-eee-cide.”


18 posted on 08/19/2008 5:02:39 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: cpforlife.org
John McCain is a stubborn man, but he's not dumb. Aside from the obvious ethical implications, from a purely strategic standpoint, he has to pick a pro-lifer. If he did not so, he would be faced with a large number of us, perhaps 10% based on 2004 data showing that # of single-issue pro-life voters (compared to 8% pro-choice single-issue, Zogby numbers) sitting out the election. Pro-abort single issue voters will be supporting Obama anyway, so McCain has nothing to gain by doing picking a pro-abort.
19 posted on 08/19/2008 5:14:13 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: cpforlife.org

We ought to hope Obamessiah chooses Sebellius because the issues of pro-life reality will be front and center for several weeks, exposing the dead-soul democrats like Sebellius/Tiller.


20 posted on 08/19/2008 5:31:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: wagglebee

“John McCain has reoprtedly confirmed he will not be picking a running mate who takes a pro-abortion position”

MAJOR sigh of relief.


21 posted on 08/19/2008 5:34:06 PM PDT by Grunthor (When your only principle is winning, you value nothing.)
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To: wagglebee

Guess he got my letter. :-}


22 posted on 08/19/2008 5:35:14 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Obama (Marxist), Manchuria)
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To: MinuteGal

I personally think the Ridge and Liberman rumors were designed to smoothe out the pavement for Romney to drive through ... Romney looks downright conservative compared to Rideg and Lieberman. And who knows, Mitt may actually become a true pro-lifer even on the embryonic stem cell issue, rising above McCain and becoming a good prospect for 2012.


23 posted on 08/19/2008 5:37:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: wagglebee

I’m sooo glad that he laid this one to rest. It’s troubling that he even considered it.


24 posted on 08/19/2008 5:39:52 PM PDT by Bishop_Malachi (Liberal Socialism - A philosophy which advocates spreading a low standard of living equally.)
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To: TitansAFC

The way I look at it, give Lieberman a position in the cabinet. He can serve a McCain administration well, I think everyone can agree with that, but yeah, I don’t like the idea of him being a heartbeat away from the presidency on the basis of the pro-life base


25 posted on 08/19/2008 5:45:40 PM PDT by goodolemr
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To: JoeFromSidney

I’m definitely not worried about John McCain permitting any gun bans.


26 posted on 08/19/2008 5:51:06 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: MinuteGal

I sure hope you’re right. Governor Romney grew on me quite a bit during the primaries and I think he’d be a great pick.


27 posted on 08/19/2008 6:13:47 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.******)
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To: Bishop_Malachi

“It’s troubling that he even considered it.”

This is true.


28 posted on 08/19/2008 6:15:01 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: cpforlife.org

Imagine how good it will be for us if he picks her. It wn’t get him Kansas, and abortion will be one of the foremost issues in the camapign just by virtue of the Dem ticket being off the chart extremists.


29 posted on 08/19/2008 6:15:38 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.******)
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To: Sun

A pro-choice republican was not in McCain’s calculus but it stes Romney up as ideal compromise. And that’s not all bad!


30 posted on 08/19/2008 6:17:44 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: wagglebee

When I called the campaign today the staffer I talked to was pretty adamant that McCain is pro-life and that’s the end of it.

I took it with a grain of salt out of principle, but I have to say she sounded convinced and convincing.


31 posted on 08/19/2008 6:20:56 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.******)
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To: wagglebee
-- The aides and officials indicated that McCain "got the message" from pro-life advocates --

The cynic in me says that the McCain camp never had an intention of choosing a pro-choice veep. By floating the option and appearing to "capitulate," they gain the appearance of being responsive to conservative voices. IOW, "got the message" is baloney. They knew what they'd hear.

The campaign gains ground with conservatives who think THEIR voices somehow made a difference and prevented the selection of a pro-choice veep.

32 posted on 08/19/2008 6:22:11 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: MHGinTN
Sure is easy to spot the Mormon posters on these threads about McCain's choice for VP candidate.

Romney is not acceptable and it has very little to do with his religion. Mormons want him solely for the purpose of lending a degree of credibility to their fraudulent religion started by an uneducated plagiarist.

33 posted on 08/19/2008 6:28:27 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: wagglebee

I doubt McCain seriously considered a pro-abortion person as his running mate; and even if he did, he seems to be listening to the reactions of pro-lifers.


34 posted on 08/19/2008 6:30:45 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: MHGinTN

I will vote for Senator McCain if Romney is his pick, but I love Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal, Eric Cantor, Rob Portman, John Kasich, Palin, Duncan Hunter (I can dream), and a few others.

While I agree with Romney on some important issues, I am against his Universal Health Care in Mass., and it troubles me that some money was allowed for abortions. In all fairness, though, I would like to hear his side.


35 posted on 08/19/2008 7:17:14 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Perhaps, and Mitt does have a liberal past. I was once concerned that Mormonism would be enjoying a four year run of improving their creds, but I think it might also be a very good thing for Christians to have to defend the faith in the teeth of an LDS all-out assault under the guise of 'restoring Christianity. Well, I would prefer Duncan Hunter, because it would give the people four years to get to know him thus overcoming the greatest drawback he has, obscurity. BUT we are talking about McCain and his bitterness toward the GOP for not pciking him nine years ago, so it isn't likely he will be picking a veep with an eye to 2012 or 2016.
36 posted on 08/19/2008 7:18:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Perhaps, and Mitt does have a liberal past. I was once concerned that Mormonism would be enjoying a four year run of improving their creds, but I think it might also be a very good thing for Christians to have to defend the faith in the teeth of an LDS all-out assault under the guise of 'restoring Christianity. Well, I would prefer Duncan Hunter, because it would give the people four years to get to know him thus overcoming the greatest drawback he has, obscurity. BUT we are talking about McCain and his bitterness toward the GOP for not pciking him nine years ago, so it isn't likely he will be picking a veep with an eye to 2012 or 2016.
37 posted on 08/19/2008 7:20:00 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Perhaps, and Mitt does have a liberal past. I was once concerned that Mormonism would be enjoying a four year run of improving their creds, but I think it might also be a very good thing for Christians to have to defend the faith in the teeth of an LDS all-out assault under the guise of 'restoring Christianity.

So a moderate Republican chooses a moderate Republican who has charisma, money, is very smart, and has shown he can play hardball, and he is a master at controlling his responses, except when being herded (raised his hand like a school kid as I recall).

Well, I would prefer Duncan Hunter, because it would give the people four years to get to know him thus overcoming the greatest drawback he has, obscurity. BUT we are talking about McCain and his bitterness toward the GOP for not pciking him nine years ago, so it isn't likely he will be picking a veep with an eye to 2012 or 2016.

38 posted on 08/19/2008 7:21:20 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

Wow, gremlins from the Kremlin! Soory about the triple post ... it sure wasn’t that good.


39 posted on 08/19/2008 7:22:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

I think you’re right. I can’t believe they would have seriously tried to get away with it, and if not for Mitt, I think it’s for some other candidate to relatively look good, and the base to be told, ‘See, we listened to you!’


40 posted on 08/19/2008 7:25:02 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: MHGinTN
"I personally think the Ridge and Lieberman rumors were designed to smooth out the pavement for Romney to drive through.....Romney looks downright conservative compared to Ridge and Lieberman."

You made a very succinct, visual and spot-on analysis of the strategery devised to make us all the more relieved and delighted when we hear Mitt Is It!

Leni

41 posted on 08/19/2008 9:14:45 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home in Nov & Vote for Obama-ization, More Regulation, Taxation, Litigation and Ginsburgization)
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To: SeaHawkFan; MHGinTN
Sure is easy to spot the Mormon posters on these threads about McCain's choice for VP candidate.

MHGin TN is a Mormon? I think you've gone off a cliff, sparky.

42 posted on 08/19/2008 10:22:56 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.******)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies

8mm


43 posted on 08/20/2008 3:21:25 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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