Monday, August 18, 2008

Obama and McCain grapple on abortion rights  

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It's always fun to watch Barack Obama and John McCain go head-to-head on important issues because the contrast between their beliefs is enormous, and it just re-affirms my faith in Obama, and my extreme dislike for McCain. This weekend, the two presented their differing beliefs on abortion at Orange County church. Unless you have chosen to reside under a rock for the past year, you'll know that Obama is openly pro-choice, and McCain is openly "pro-life." McCain recently created an uproar amongst conservative Republicans when he said that he would not rule out Tom Ridge as a running mate, simply because Ridge supports abortion rights. Conservatives had a hissy fit, which, to be honest, I completely understand, because if Obama had said the same thing about an anti-choice candidate, I would have been very upset. Whomever gets to run the country next does have the power to shape abortion rights. It's a scary thought, but right now, Roe vs. Wade is teetering on the line between remaining legal... and getting overturned. A woman's right to choose what she does with her body is in grave danger, and we can only hope and pray that our next president is one who will protect our rights.

Here's a video that features short clips of each candidate's response to questions about abortion, along with some comments about same-sex marriage, and responses to the question, "Why do you want to be president?"





McCain on choice: "I have a 25 year pro-life record - in the Congress, in the Senate. And as president of the United States, I will be a pro-life president, and this presidency will have pro-life policies."

Obama on choice: "I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe vs. Wade. And I come to that conclusion not because I am pro-abortion, but because ultimately I don't think women make these decisions casually."

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1 comments: to “ Obama and McCain grapple on abortion rights


  • August 19, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

    Thank you for your balanced post. I have been waiting to McCain's anti-choice stance to get some much-needed air-time. There are actually women out there who think he is pro-choice! The more this egregious assumption can be overturned, like in your post, the less moderate votes he will get.