John McCain Captures Republican Nomination, Mike Huckabee Drops Out

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 4
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Senator John McCain officially captured enough delegates with victories in four primary states on Tuesday night to say he has enough to become the Republican nominee for president. Acknowledging that fact, Governor Mike Huckabee announced he would be bowing out of the race to help unify the GOP vote.

McCain said he appreciated the support of voters in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island who ultimately handed him the GOP nomination.

"I am very, very grateful and pleased to note that tonight, my friends, we have won enough delegates," McCain told supporters.

He said he can now "claim with confidence, humility and a great sense of responsibility, that I will be the Republican nominee for president of the United States."

Huckabee continued to carry a pro-life standard and will likely finish as the candidate with the second highest delegate vote total. He ended his quest for the Republican nomination and appeared to want to eventually rally pro-life voters behind McCain.

"It’s now important that we turn our attention not to what could have been or what we wanted to have been, but now what must be — and that is a united party," Huckabee said.

McCain told supporters that the "most important part of our campaign" was about to begin.

He said he must "make a respectful, determined and convincing case to the American people that our campaign and my election as president, given the alternative presented by our friends in the other party, is in the best interest of the country that we love."

With McCain as the nominee, there would be a clear contrast between him and either of the Democratic candidates on the issue of abortion.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both strongly support unlimited abortion paid for at taxpayer expense and have promised to only appoint Supreme Court judges who will keep all abortions legal for another 35 years.

McCain has a solid voting record opposing abortion and has called for both overturning Roe v. Wade and judges who would be more likely to do so.

Two leading pro-abortion groups, NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have already attacked McCain for opposing abortion and give him a 96 and 100 percent pro-life voting record on abortion, respectively.