Skip to comments.Obama casts light on McCain's abortion stance
Posted on 09/18/2008 8:35:44 AM PDT by presidio9
Republican John McCain, an abortion rights opponent with a conservative Senate record on the issue, seems content with the public's perception that he's more moderate on the subject.
Democrat Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights, is only too happy to remind voters where McCain stands, but he tries to make his case without attracting too much attention.
Both presidential candidates are gingerly trying to strike the right chord on abortion as they reach out to a critical voting group _ independents and moderates, primarily women in swing-voting suburban regions of crucial states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio.
The candidates' carefully targeted ads on abortion and stem-cell research, topics that enflame passions among both abortion-rights proponents and opponents, illustrate how Republicans and Democrats alike are tailoring their messages to specific groups of voters.
Obama criticizes McCain in ads that say the GOP nominee takes an "extreme position on choice" and "will make abortion illegal." That misrepresents McCain's position. The Arizona senator favors overturning the Supreme Court's guarantee of abortion rights but would let states decide their own abortion laws, and he is not seeking a constitutional ban.
Obama is using low-profile radio ads and campaign mailings to make his point about McCain. He hopes to avoid being tagged as too liberal on abortion.
McCain, for his part, is responding with radio commercials promising to support stem cell research to "unlock the mystery of cancer, diabetes, heart disease." He doesn't mention that he supports embryonic stem cell research, which many anti-abortion Republicans oppose.
Cultural issues have largely taken a back seat in this campaign to the frail economy and the Iraq war, as well as questions of character and promises of change.
But with the race close, each candidate is trying to woo voters concerned about particular issues in hopes they will help tip the balance on Nov. 4. As with abortion, the candidates are likely to use radio and campaign mail on other social topics, such as gun control and gay rights.
Independent groups also are getting into the act with TV ads. One is trying to make Obama look out of the mainstream even among abortion rights supporters by casting him as far left. Another is encouraging McCain to "embrace a pro-life agenda."
Unlike Democratic presidential nominees Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004, Obama has not shied away from using abortion to reach out to independents and moderate Republicans.
Democrats say President Bush's Supreme Court selections of conservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito gave Obama an opening to press the issue.
"Women are more worried now about the future of the court than in either of the last two election cycles, and Obama has been tapping into that and making this issue a big difference between him and McCain," said Democratic analyst Jenny Backus.
Republicans say Obama doesn't understand that people generally are more conservative than liberal and tend not to be single-issue voters on abortion.
"For the Obama people to try to make McCain into this passionate pro-lifer, it doesn't make any sense," said Rich Galen, a Republican operative.
Obama's radio ad, running in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and elsewhere, features nurse practitioner Valerie Baron telling voters: "John McCain's out of touch with women today. McCain wants to take away our right to choose."
Glossy fliers with the same messages fill the mailboxes of women in Florida, Virginia and other states.
Countering that effort, McCain rolled out his own radio ad suggesting he's not as far right on abortion as Obama makes him seem _ though he never mentions that procedure.
Instead, McCain's commercial focused on stem cell research and said he will invest more money in research to prevent disease and find medical breakthroughs to "help free families from the fear and devastation of illness."
Like Obama, McCain backs relaxing federal restrictions on financing of embryonic stem cell research while running mate Sarah Palin _ along with many conservatives in the GOP _ opposes that method because human embryos are destroyed.
McCain opposes abortion rights except when the life of the mother is in danger and, unlike Palin, in cases of rape or incest. He has voted for abortion restrictions permissible under Roe v. Wade and has said the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights should be overturned, leaving states to decide.
Obama and his running mate Joe Biden favor federal money for embryonic stem cell research and largely agree on abortion. But Biden was among a minority of Democrats in voting several times in favor of banning the procedure that opponents call partial birth abortion.
So Mac is for the Feds paying for research involving harvesting of babies for their stem cells? Great nominee we have here.
Obama favors infanticide. There really is no reason to look any further than that.
It is IMO as well. However, we save the lives of many more unborn babies with McCain as POTUS rather than the pro death Obama as POTUS. I trust in the Lord to take good care of those unborn souls.
So you suggest we let Obama reload the court? Our 2nd Amendment rights are just one vote away from going into the dustpile of history.
How anyone can preach that killing babies is “right” is beyond comprehension.
Let’s try not to lose our focus, shall we. At Saddleback, McCain put himself on the side of adult stem cell research. I am 100% against abortion and I am 100% against embryonic stem cell research. However, I am also 100% against all types of judicial legislature, and if you are really a conservative, so should you be. Therefore, you need to understand that if Jesus Christ were our next president, he could not legally outlaw abortion in all 50 states. That would require modification of the Constitution. Becase the left is going to control Congress, that is not going to happen. What the left is generally trying to do is to put our candidates into the extrememe position on this issue. What John McCain needs to be talking about is getting rid of Roe in the terms that I just mentioned. When it is explained this way, roughly 60% of Americans agree that the decision should be made on the state levle.
The link to politicalresponsibility.org does not work.
Bring it on, Mr. Infanticide.
“Obama favors infanticide. There really is no reason to look any further than that.”
Amen to that. Obama is deceived by Satan and doesn’t even know it. He is deluded into thinking it is more important to protect abortionist doctors than innocent children - what a sick, selfish, disgusting individual.
I wonder why it is that the pro-abortion position is always presented as “moderate.” And why women are always targets of such “messages.” I believe more men are pro-abortion; if a woman aborts her baby, SHE has to live with herself after that; the man can always pass whatever responsibility he has for the murder onto her shoulders. A man looking to divest himself of any responsibility for his actions simply does not have to deal with the emotional issues; it makes sense that men are more likely to support abortion.
Thank you for telling me... it used to...?
That’s strange... both links now try to send you to Freerepublic... how’d that happen?
Obama is against abortion, too. His view is:
“Why abort a baby in a womb where the mother could be endangered or at risk from internal bleeding? Why not just deliver the baby and beat it to a pulp with a rolling pin on the delivery room floor? That way, all you have to do is mop up...less expense.”
Google politicalresponsibility.org. There is no such website, though there there are many mentions of it on other websites. I have never visited it.
If you type http://politicalresponsibility.org/ into your web browser, it will bring up the page. It’s an information page for Priests for Life.
That was my guest. I HAVE been to that page. Too bad there needs to be a web page of “priests for life.” One would think that the term would be redundant...
Judges do need to be an issue this election and Obama and the Demonrats appoint judges that are a threat to our national security and rule of law. Let them make judges an issue.
Guess you have NOT seen these FR threads!
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