Gore Endorses Dean for President, Kerry Hires Pro-Abortion Staff

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 9, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Gore Endorses Dean for President, Kerry Hires Pro-Abortion Staff

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 9, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Former Vice-President Al Gore, who backs abortion, endorsed leading Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has hired another NARAL staff member in his attempt to catch up to Dean, who is leading in polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Gore, who lost to President Bush in the 2000 presidential election, said Dean "really is the only candidate who has been able to inspire at the grassroots level all over the country.”

Though he praised the other Democrats in the race, Gore encouraged them to unite behind Dean or to stop attacking him.

Political observers say Gore’s endorsement will be a significant boost to Dean, a former Planned Parenthood board member. Dean has drawn support from rank and file Democrats, but many establishment Democrats, elected officials and key unions and organizations have supported Kerry or pro-abortion Rep. Dick Gephardt.

Meanwhile, Kerry responded to the news by hiring another former NARAL staff member.

Michael Meehan, vice president of the pro-abortion lobbying group NARAL and a veteran of Capitol Hill, will soon join the campaign as adviser for communications.

In a speech on Tuesday, Kerry blasted President Bush’s "anti-science attitude" attitude saying he has hindered progress of embryonic stem cell research.

Bush oppose the practice and in August 2001 prohibited federal funding of any new research. Pro-life groups say the use of adult stem cells is both more ethical and has proven more effective in clinical trials.

Current polls show Kerry in third place in Iowa and in second place in New Hampshire, but down by 25 points to Dean. Another New Hampshire poll released Tuesday shows Dean with 35 percent, Kerry with 12, and pro-abortion ex-general Wesley Clark with 10 percent.

A new national poll sponsored by CNN/USA Today/Gallup shows Dean with 25 percent among Democratic voters and Clark, who has not polled strongly in early primary states, with 17 percent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gore’s running mate in 2000, admitted he was surprised by the news. Lieberman did not receive a call from Gore prior to the announcement.

"I was caught completely off-guard,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gore’s running mate in 2000 and a hopeful for the nomination, said Tuesday on NBC’s "Today” show.

Gore compiled a strong pro-abortion record while in the Clinton administration and before that when he was a Tennessee senator.