Georgia Senate Candidate’s Ads Criticize Isakson’s Abortion Votes

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 31, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Georgia Senate Candidate’s Ads Criticize Isakson’s Abortion Votes

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 31, 2004

Atlanta, GA ( — Herman Cain, a business executive who is one of three leading candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, is running television commercials criticizing an opponent for a vote in favor of abortion.

Cain’s ads blast Rep. Johnny Isakson for voting in favor of an amendment earlier this month that would have allow abortions at taxpayer-funded U.S. military bases. Isakson has also voted in favor of the pro-abortion amendment in the past.
"For years he’s defended his pro-choice views on abortion," Cain says in the ad. "But this year he’s tried to convince Georgia that he’s really been pro-life all along. But while he was telling Georgia one thing, Mr. Isakson was doing the opposite in Washington."

"Sounds like the Old Johnny, the pro-choice Johnny, is back," Cain, former president of Godfather’s Pizza, says in the ad.

But, Brad Alexander, an Isakson spokesman, told the Associated Press that Isakson largely has a pro-life voting record.

Isakson has a 90% pro-life voting record in the current session of Congress, according to the National Right to Life Committee. However, he had only a 68% pro-life voting record in the last session.

Isakson has voted against President Bush’s Mexico City policy, which prohibits tax dollars from being used to fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries. He also voted in favor of using tax dollars to fund research on abortion drugs such as RU 486.

Another candidate in the race, Rep. Mac Collins, has earned NRLC’s endorsement because of his strong 100% pro-life voting record.

In a letter, National Right to Life PAC said, “During your twelve years in the U.S. House of Representatives, you have given strong and consistent support to right-to-life legislation."

"Your exemplary pro-life record should earn you the support of all Republican primary voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family, including unborn children," the letter read.

The Concerned Women of America’s PAC has also endorsed Collins.

Despite the endorsements from leading pro-life groups, Cain says he too is pro-life — though he is viewed as less likely than Collins or Isakson to win the primary.

"I understand that life is sacred. We must do everything in our power to protect innocent life, here in the United States and overseas," Cain said.

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