by Steven Ertelt
January 15, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Hillary Clinton campaign wasted little time in responding to a conference call Barack Obama’s campaign held with the media on Monday. Just minutes after Obama’s campaign finished flashing his pro-abortion credentials, the Clinton campaign took to the phones to refute the information and promote her pro-abortion views.
The dispute concerns pro-life bills that Obama voted present on during his tenure in the Illinois state legislature.
Clinton’s team previously took Obama to task in Iowa and New Hampshire over the votes, but Planned Parenthood has rushed to his defense saying he coordinated the voting strategy with the abortion business.
Clinton adviser Ann Lewis, a longtime abortion advocate and former spokeswoman for Bill Clinton, didn’t dispute the Obama camp’s contention that he had a 100% pro-abortion voting record.
Instead, according to the Huffington Post, Lewis said the present votes on abortion and other issues made it appear as if Obama is unwilling to take a stand on controversial topics.
"Presidents don’t get to vote present," she said, according to the blog.
The Clinton camp said coordinating strategy can’t be used as a defense for all of the votes.
"There are also a number of votes where he was the only person who voted ‘present.’ If there was a strategy at play it appears he was the only one employing it," said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer.
Responding to Clinton’s response, Obama said it seemed some of his opponents "don’t seem to have anything positive to say about their own record. All they’re trying to do is run me down."