by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A group of pro-life advocates have created a new web site urging eventual Republican presidential nominee John McCain not to select former candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate. They say Romney is not sufficiently pro-life because he changed his position on abortion shortly before running for president.
That concern prompted some pro-life voters during the primary election to favor other candidates over Romney, who was formerly the Massachusetts governor.
The backers of the web site include long-time pro-life advocate Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, who has been involved in Republican politics for decades, according to a press release sent to LifeNews.com.
Weyrich backed Romney during the primary but has since come to regret his decision and says he should have supported Mike Huckabee instead.
The group says pro-life voters may stay home instead of supporting McCain in November if he selects Romney as his vice-presidential pick.
"If Governor Romney is on your ticket, many social conservative voters will consider their values repudiated by the Republican Party and will either stay away from the polls this November or only vote down ticket," the group says.
"For the sake of your election, the health of your party, and the future of America you must not allow the obvious electoral consequences of that to occur," it adds.
The group also features other Huckabee supporters and it has created a political action committee called the Government Is Not God PAC that will promote the web site and the "no Romney" position in print ads as well.
The full page advertisement will begin running in cities in which Senator McCain is campaigning, beginning Saturday April 5, 2008 in Prescott, Arizona.
The PAC says the effort is a response to Republican activists like "Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and others in the economic wing of the Republican Party" pushing a McCain-Romney ticket.
"The warning from grass roots conservatives is clear; with Mitt Romney on the ticket there could very well be enough social conservatives staying at home to allow a Barack Obama victory in the fall," the group told LifeNews.com.
The group also includes William J. Murray, a top Huckabee donor pushing him for vice-president, and pro-life worker turned radio talk show host Janet Folger, who also backed Huckabee extensively in the primary, and Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America.
During the primary campaign, Romney received the endorsement of numerous pro-life advocates including pro-life attorney Jim Bopp and former National Right to Life president Jack Willke.
Romney ran as a pro-life candidate who opposed abortion and wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned. However, he upset pro-life advocates by supporting some embryonic stem cell research funding.
Related web sites:
No Mitt – https://www.NoMittVP.com