by Steven Ertelt
February 13, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — John McCain’s presidential campaign is beginning its effort to reach out to pro-life voters now that the Arizona senator is a virtual lock to become the Republican nominee. Campaign staffers talked with CBN News correspondent David Brody about the efforts to work with pro-life advocates to oppose Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
Brody writes in an article on Wednesday that McCain has already started calling top pro-life leaders across the country in an effort to assure them he will carry the pro-life banner on abortion as president.
He says McCain hopes to build a network of top pro-life advocates like Sen. Sam Brownback and Gary Bauer, both former presidential candidates, to make his case.
"The sales pitch to social conservatives is basically this: McCain is solidly pro-life, he’ll be good on judges and do you really want a Democrat in the White House?" Brody writes.
Brody says the argument about judges — namely that Obama and Clinton will appoint judges who will keep abortions legal for another 35 years while McCain would likely appoint judges who will be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade — is a "compelling one."
"The McCain camp will argue the following: With more than a few Supreme Court Justices getting up there in age, who do you want nominating judges? McCain or Obama/Clinton?," Brody said after talking with McCain aides.
"Roe v Wade and other significant issues may hang in the balance," he added.
Ultimately, Brody says McCain needs to reach out to pro-life voters, especially because of his support for embryonic stem cell research funding, be he thinks the senator can make the case that the comparison on abortion is compelling enough to support him.
"Does McCain have work to do among Evangelicals? Sure he does," Brody writes.
"McCain’s support for embryonic stem cell research" doesn’t help his cause, Brody concludes, "but let’s keep this in perspective. He’s getting his share [of the pro-life vote] and the serious outreach hasn’t even really begun yet."