by Steven Ertelt
October 23, 2004
Wilkes Barre, PA (LifeNews.com) — Looking for voters in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania, President Bush talked about the differences between his record on abortion issues and that of his opponent, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
Bush told voters on the Keystone State that on family values such as abortion, ”my opponent and I are miles apart.” He said his differences with Kerry were over what he called "the bedrock values that are so critical to our families and our future."
The president pledged continued support for the ban on partial-birth abortions and accused Kerry of opposing common sense bills on abortion and women’s issues.
"Senator Kerry was part of a far left minority that voted against the ban," Bush said. "He also voted against parental notification laws and voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act."
In fact, Kerry voted against the partial-birth abortion ban six times during his tenure in the Senate. He made a special trip from the campaign trail back to Washington to vote against the Unborn Victims bill, legislation that protect pregnant women and their unborn children from acts of violence.
"I will continue to reach out to Americans of every belief, and move this good-hearted nation toward a culture of life," the president said. ”All these choices make this one of the most important elections in our history."
Bush’s pro-life views are appealing to voters in this northeastern state.
Ron Sullivan, a 53-year-old banker, said he settled long ago on Bush, "because of the moral issues, like abortion. I’m firm in this."
Not everyone who backs the president may look the part of a conservative Christian voter, but others are equally aware of the divide between Bush and Kerry on moral issues.
Ricardo Mendez, 25, who is tattooed and sports a jewel under his bottom lip, says he supports the president. "My wife and I are against abortion," he said. "We’re voting for Bush."