By Diogenes ( articles ) | Aug 29, 2008
The National Abortion Rights Action League is spitting mad over McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate. The phrase "anti-choice" occurs eleven times in its heavy-breathing press release. Here's NARAL's Nancy Keenan:
"John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate proves just how rigid and extreme his administration would be when it comes to a woman's right to choose," Keenan said. "For 25 years, McCain has opposed a woman's right to choose, and we know that he will continue to push anti-choice policies in the White House. McCain's pick of anti-choice Sarah Palin is further evidence that his White House will be just another four years of Bush-style policies. Any remaining doubts about McCain's extreme anti-choice position should be put to rest when voters learn about the combined anti-choice records of Sarah Palin and John McCain."
Sen. McCain's selection of Palin as his vice-presidential running mate is especially troublesome for the unique audience of women voters NARAL Pro-Choice America is targeting: Independent and Republican pro-choice women in suburban and exurban swing districts. These women play a pivotal role in the presidential election. Recent polling confirms how, once these voters know McCain's extreme opposition to a woman's right to choose and family planning, they will switch parties to support Sen. Barack Obama.
Maybe. But I should think NARAL would be doing cartwheels in glee -- if they believed their own propaganda -- that McCain picked a running mate who takes a more hard-line position against abortion than he does himself. Their statement doesn't have a particularly gleeful ring, does it?
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