by Steven Ertelt
May 9, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates lead early presidential polls concerning candidates in the 2008 elections. Though the candidates such polls rarely resemble those in the nomination battles leading up to the party conventions, they may prompt some pro-life advocates to begin building name identification for potential candidates.
Among Democrats in the Marist College poll, some 40 percent favored pro-abortion New York Senator Hillary Clinton while 18 percent backed former Democratic nominee John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.
Some 14 percent want Kerry’s North Carolina running mate, abortion advocate Sen. John Edwards, to carry the party’s standard.
Republicans also favored a pro-abortion politician at the top of their 2008 wish list, likely because he has the highest national name identification.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who backs abortion, was the favorite of 25 percent. Some 20 percent of Republicans favored nominally pro-life Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush garnered 10 percent.
While each of the three Democrats is seen as a potential presidential candidate none of the top Republicans in the poll may be candidates come 2008.
Bush has said on previous occasions he won’t be a candidate, Giuliani faces critical health issues and high negative ratings in polls and McCain will be 72 by the time the next presidential contest rolls around.
McCain did tell the Arizona Republic newspaper over the weekend he’d "absolutely" like to be president.
Pro-life advocates will likely look elsewhere for replacement for President Bush.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback, all Republicans, are making presidential overtures.
Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and former Virginia Governor George Allen, now a senator, are two other possible pro-life Republican candidates for president.
It’s unlikely that Democrats will have a serious pro-life candidate for the party’s nomination.