New Campaign Ads Attack Democrats Over Abortion, Target Black Voters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 18, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 18
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — A new set of campaign ads has begun to air in Congressional districts across the country sponsored by a leading African American businessman who says black voters in the United States should put their historical pro-life values above political party. The ads tell black voters that the Democratic Party has sold out their pro-life beliefs.

The ads are sponsored by America’s PAC, a new organization founded by Herman Cain, who is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

The ads cover other political issues, but also include abortion.

"Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies," a female announcer says in one of the ads.

"The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don’t they want our lives?"

Another hard-hitting ad features a man suggesting to a friend that he should consider telling his girlfriend to have an abortion, according to a New York Sun report. The second man responds that he doesn’t approve of that request.

The ads are currently running in two dozen competitive Congressional districts and are aimed at black and Hispanic audiences. The group has spent about $1 million on the commercials, which are running in 10 states including Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, and Nevada.

"The main thing that America’s PAC is up to is it basically is challenging the thesis or the belief on the part of the Republican Party that they cannot attract the black vote," Cain told the New York Sun about the ads.

The campaign is a second go-round based on a highly successful Ohio campaign in 2004 that helped President Bush garner 17% of the African American vote in the Buckeye State – double his vote total from the 2000 presidential race.

Along with Cain, J. Patrick Rooney, the former chairman of the Indiana-based Golden Rule Insurance is the key financial backer of America’s PAC.

Previously, Cain discussed the pro-life nature of the commercials his group intended to run.

“More and more African Americans are pro-life," Cain said in a statement obtained. “Our message to African Americans is simple — it’s time you vote for candidates who support our values."

Polls show black Americans are more pro-life than the general public.

In an August 2004 poll sponsored by Pace University and Rock the Vote, 54 percent of all Americans declared themselves pro-life while just 44 percent said they supported legal abortion. However, African-American voters took a pro-life position by a larger 59 to 42 percent margin.

As a snapshot of that support, polls in Florida found that 77 percent of black Americans backed a measure on the 2004 ballot to notify parents before a minor teenager’s abortion. Some 65 percent of Florida voters in general voted for the measure that November.

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