by Steven Ertelt
January 11, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Sen. Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, said he doesn’t need any more time to decide whether or not to run for president. On Thursday, he made his presidential bid official, joining four other Democrats hoping to capture the White House.
Dodd to the “Imus In the Morning” radio program that he was moving ahead with filing the necessary paperwork for his candidacy.
“I want to skip this exploratory phase a lot of people go through and become a full-fledged candidate for the presidency,” he said.
“I realize I’m a dark horse in all of this,” Dodd said. “I’m not as well known as some of the other candidates that will be running. So I decided I wanted to get out of the bleachers and onto the arena floor.”
Karen Cross, the National Right to Life political director, previously told LifeNews.com that Dodd "is completely out of step with the American public on pro-life issues."
"His position is so extreme that he voted every chance he got — eleven times — to keep the barbaric partial-birth abortion procedure legal," Cross said.
Dodd has repeatedly voted against a ban on partial-birth abortions, he’s voted in various ways to use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, he endorsed a resolution supporting Roe v. Wade, and oppose protecting pregnant women who are victims of violence.
He also has voted to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research, the science that involves destroying human life.
Dodd has compiled an abysmal pro-life voting record. Cross said Dodd had voted 110 out of 113 times against pro-life legislation
"It would be a sad day for innocent unborn children and all vulnerable Americans to have a president as committed to pro-abortion policies as Senator Dodd," Cross said.
Dodd is now the fifth Democrat to declare an official presidential bid. He follows former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.
The two biggest names in the hunt for the Democratic nomination — Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois — have yet to make their bids official.
All of the potential Democratic presidential candidates back both abortion and embryonic stem cell research.