by Steven Ertelt
January 14, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As pro-life former Indiana congressman Tim Roemer takes on the pro-abortion establishment in the Democratic Party, abortion advocates are trying to make the case that the party isn’t ready for a new leader who opposes abortion.
Former national chairman Joe Andrew is the latest party activist to come out against Roemer’s candidacy.
Andrew, who served as the national chairman from 1999-2001 during Al Gore’s presidential campaign, also hails from Indiana, where he previously served as chairman of the state party.
He told WISH-TV that he isn’t endorsing his fellow Hoosier because of the abortion issue. Instead, he’s backing pro-abortion party activist Simon Rosenberg, who’s the founder of the centrist New Democrat Network, for the DNC chairmanship.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy spoke out against Roemer’s bid earlier this week.
Kennedy said Democrats need to "do a better job of looking within ourselves and speaking out for the principles we believe in.
"We were remiss in not talking more directly about them — about the fundamental ideals that guide our progressive policies," he said.
Kennedy said Democrats must do a better job articulating their support for issues like abortion without compromising their views.
That’s where he addressed Roemer’s candidacy, saying "We cannot become Republican clones. If we do, we will lose again, and deserve to lose."
Kennedy did not endorse any other chairman candidate in the speech.