by Steven Ertelt
May 8, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — One of the leading Republican candidates for president says a pro-abortion stance is a stumbling block to getting the GOP nomination for president or winning the general election. John McCain’s comments appear to target the views of Rudy Giuliani, the pro-abortion former New York City mayor, without naming him.
McCain said in an interview on Monday that it would be difficult for someone who backs abortion to win the party’s nomination.
He said winning would not be impossible but that such a candidate would face long odds getting the GOP nod.
"I think it’s one of the fundamental principles of a conservative to have respect and commitment to the dignity of human life, both the born and unborn," McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"It makes it tough because the Republican Party is basically composed to a significant degree by people who are pro-life, just as the Democratic Party has pro-choice candidates," he explained.
"I think anything is possible, but I don’t think it would be real easy," McCain said.
Meanwhile, pro-life Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo argued that it is possible for Giuliani to win the nomination despite his pro-abortion views.
He told AP that’s because some pro-life voters will find it good enough that Giuliani has promised to appoint judges who will uphold the rule of law and not legislate from the bench.
"Because one of the things that happens, of course, is that Republicans start looking at alternatives and saying, `Oh my gosh, even if Mayor Giuliani is a pro-choice, or at least a flip-flop, candidate on this issue, maybe he will appoint strict constructionists and that sort of thing," Tancredo said.
"And God knows we don’t want the alternative, being whoever the Democrats have in place," Tancredo said.