John McCain Wants Pro-Huckabee Group to Stop Abortion Calls, Blasts Romney

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Wants Pro-Huckabee Group to Stop Abortion Calls, Blasts Romney Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 16,

Washington, DC ( — Republican presidential candidate John McCain wants an organization that backs GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee to stop conducting telephone calls in New Hampshire that attack him on his pro-life position on abortion.

McCain said Saturday that a group called Common Sense Issues has been making calls for the former Arkansas governor that call into question his positions.

“I don’t have that hard information, but that’s what I’ve been told it is," McCain told AP. It "is one of those organizations funded by Huckabee supporters and I would ask him to have them take it down just as if somebody was doing those things on my behalf I would have them take them down."

Huckabee says his campaign has no involvement in the telephone calls, according to the AP report.

"I would never be party to any kind of attack upon him," he said.

According to AP, a McCain supporter said he received a phone call Friday night saying, “You know, Senator McCain’s campaign finance reform limits the ability of right to life groups to get their message out. Does that change your opinion about Senator McCain?"

The calls appear to reference McCain’s support and sponsorship of a measure pro-life groups opposed that would put limits in place on the pre-election activities of citizens groups, such as pro-life organizations.

Meanwhile, McCain’s camp has sent a mailer to New Hampshire residents questioning Mitt Romney’s change of heart on abortion.

"Like so many times before, Mitt Romney advocates totally inconsistent policy positions," the ad reads. "That’s why voters don’t trust Mitt Romney. No wonder Mitt Romney is trying to cover up his own mixed-up record by smearing straight talker John McCain."

Romney’s campaign says the former Massachusetts governor has been consistently pro-life since his conversion to the pro-life position while in office.