Skip to comments.Is it True McCain "Got the Message" About not Running a Pro-Abortion VP?
Posted on 08/20/2008 4:14:27 PM PDT by wagglebee
WASHINGTON, August 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fox News had many American moral conservatives very pleased yesterday with a report from unnamed Republican National Committee officials that "senior McCain advisers and aides have told GOP officials that McCain 'got the message' last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful." The news came in reaction to an uproar from the Republican base after Senator John McCain floated the possibility of pro-abortion Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as a potential running mate last week.
The message from the conservative base of the Party was voiced plainly by famed radio pundit Rush Limbaugh in his signature commentary yesterday. In a blast titled, "Choose Wisely, Senator McCain", Limbaugh pointed out that leftist pundits were promoting a pro-abortion pick for McCain knowing that it would lead to certain defeat as McCain would be abandoned by his base.
"They're just hoping for it because they know it's not just a few loudmouths in the base. They know the base will totally turn on McCain if this is the case," said Limbaugh. "It's about finding a way to persuade McCain to make a decision that will guarantee his defeat."
Getting right to the point, Limbaugh suggested that "if the McCain camp" selects a "liberal Republican on this, particularly pro-choice . . . they will have effectively destroyed the Republican Party and pushed the conservative movement into the bleachers."
Coming off the Saddleback debate, where it has been acknowledged that McCain trounced Obama, polls are now showing McCain in the lead. A Reuters/Zogby poll released Saturday shows McCain in a 5-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama. "McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll," Reuters reported today.
But that lead, suggest conservative commentators, would evaporate were a pro-abortion pick selected to run with McCain. Speculation has grown in the last 24 hours about the possibility of pro-abortion Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman as a potential McCain running mate.
And McCain BETTER realize this!
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The Tom Ridge tour and equivication regarding a pro-abort running mate was partly a nod to a good friend, partly a public relations ploy to play up his maverick image to the media.
He said the same about Comprehensive Immigration Reform......then came all those meetings with hispanics.
The remote was activated immediately.
McCain will be Romney. You can bank on it.
I meant “McCain will Pick Romney”.
IMHO, the McCain camp has floated a number of pro-choice VP names to prepare people for his final choice...Ridge = pro-choice lite (has no record of pushing it), Giuliani pro-choice medium (used to push it more, now shuts up about it), Lieberman pro-choice heavy (up front pro-choice)...leaving used to be pro-choice but now is total pro-life...Mitt Romney...magritte
If you have to explain to the candidate why choosing a "pro-choice" running mate is wrong, the candidate didn't get it in the first place.
In a speech today McCain reiterated his Pro-Life answer from Saddleback. He then said his VP pick would share his principles values and priorities.
If John McCain would pick a Pro-abort running-mate after what he said at Saddleback last Sat., and what he’s repeated since, it would prove to everyone that he’s insincere. It would make what he said at Saddleback look like a pack of lies.
What confidence we might have had that he would pick good Jurists would also be destroyed by a Pro-Abort VP pick.
Any “conservative” hope for his term in office would be utterly destroyed.
McCain is a Maverick and a RINO but he’s a smart man and wants to win this. I think (and feel) that he fully understands he cannot win unless he picks a Pro-Life VP.
Yep politicians do what they do. Also it gives him lots o free press.
Pretty sure McCain will be picking Romney. That should please most here, if you consider Romney pro-life.
Simply put, if McCain picks a pro death VP, he loses.
Never mind what his former DNC friends say.
In general, FR has not shown a great deal of pleasure when Romney gets close to any kind of nomination. No wonder, when you look at his state record.
Romney and Huck are both nanny staters. I can’t believe we have Freepers actually defending these clowns.
And don’t get me started on McCain. It’s a really sad state that we’ve fallen to here.
>>>Is it True McCain “Got the Message” About not Running a Pro-Abortion VP?
I hope so, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
It’s all a grotesque game of “can’t we all just get along” to McCain.
>>>In general, FR has not shown a great deal of pleasure when Romney gets close to any kind of nomination
>>>I’d be part of that in general population.
I can’t stand romney.
But, legitimately... who else? Who else that would be willing?
I think Bobby Jindal would make a good VP, but he’s not interested.
Too bad we don’t have a conservative running, like Duncan Hunter. Oh well, this is what happens when you let the MSM choose the GOP candidate.
“What confidence we might have had that he would pick good Jurists would also be destroyed by a Pro-Abort VP pick.”
imo, picking an originalist judge is the most important issue of all, because it affects everything else.
The GOP doesn’t care about conservatives anymore to begin with. Not true conservatives, anyway.
Check the tag line.
Here’s an interesting scenario - what if McCain chooses a pro-choice VP, but the GOP convention rejects him? There’s no rule that requires the delegates to formally approve the candidate’s choice and I could see some sort of scenario where a pro-choice VP candidate is put into nomination, rejected, and then McCain chooses a more acceptable candidate. How much would it hurt McCain for merely having selected a pro-choice candidate?
Your tagline has truth in it, although I believe true conservatives are the ones with the TRUE power. They just need to realize it and exercise it.
Generally, by the time of a convention, the parties have had months to get used to the eventual nominee. This year, many conservatives have not cozied up to McCain, and Hillary kept the battle going on for months.
Anything could happen.
I don’t think so.
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And by true conservative, do you mean Libertarian?
It was a trial balloon to gauge reaction.
I couldn't agree more!
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