Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Republicans for Choice Claims They Do Not Endorse McCain
Here's what some interpreted as an endorsement by Republicans for Choice (from the RFC website (emphasis added)):
As moderate and conservative pro-choice Republicans are we happy with the results of the Florida primary? Yes and no.
Our first choice, Rudy Giuliani, did not win.... But our number two choice did win...John McCain. McCain came in second in a survey of our membership.
While he is personally "pro life" he has time and again reached out and worked with people across the spectrum. We know we can work with him to create common ground that will allow moderates and conservatives to come together to rebuild the GOP.
RFC joins with Rudy Giuliani in asking our supporters to consider McCain as they go to vote over the next few weeks.
John is a true American hero with strong and consistent values. He will provide the leadership that will rebuild America's confidence in itself and among our allies worldwide.
And John McCain's election will be a strong message to our enemies...you don't mess with John McCain, he can and will go the distance!
But, RFC now hastens to add:
Reading our language ... apparently has generated some confusion and misinformation...so let's make it more clear...
Our language ... on McCain is not intended as an endorsement. We simply stated the facts that John McCain was the second choice, after Giuliani, of our membership.
We do support Rudy Giuliani's contention that given the folks left in the race after Rudy's withdrawal, McCain would be the best one for the Republican nomination.
So they aren't endorsing McCain, just asking supporters to "consider" him because "we know we can work with him." And he's the "best one" for the Republican nomination -- after whom? Mike Huckabee? Yeah, whatever.
Here's how reasonable McCain is on abortion. Via the AP yesterday: Conservative Gary Bauer Endorses McCain:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Gary Bauer is endorsing Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
The prominent abortion foe says in a statement that McCain "has dedicated his life to defending human rights around the world, including the rights of the unborn."....
McCain thanked Bauer for his support. The Arizona senator says, "Gary has always been a forceful, unapologetic advocate for the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, judicial restraint and a strong American foreign policy based on our values."
From McCain's official website:
Overturning Roe v. Wade
John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench....
However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. Once the question is returned to the states, the fight for life will be one of courage and compassion - the courage of a pregnant mother to bring her child into the world and the compassion of civil society to meet her needs and those of her newborn baby.
I know that many voters see McCain as a maverick who doesn't always toe the line on conservative positions. Let's just be clear about this: on abortion, McCain is about as conservative as it gets. If you're looking for a pro-choice candidate, McCain is not your man.