Republican Party Leader: John McCain’s Campaign Will Seek Pro-Life Voters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republican Party Leader: John McCain’s Campaign Will Seek Pro-Life Voters

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 25
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A Republican Party leader says John McCain’s presidential campaign will "aggressively" reach out to pro-life voters this year. With a stark contrast between McCain’s pro-life views on abortion and the ardently pro-abortion views of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton it could be a key focus this election.

Republican National Committee Deputy Chair Frank Donatelli spoke with CBN News about the outreach the McCain campaign plans.

“All I can say is that it will be aggressive," he said. “We are going to have a very aggressive program to reach out to religious voters whether they are Evangelical, Protestant, Catholic or whatever."

"Senator McCain’s aides at all levels will be talking to pro-family groups. Senator McCain himself will engage with pro-family groups," Donatelli added.

The GOP official said the Democratic Party has already talked about reaching out to pro-life voters, especially Catholics, but he said the party will have a hard time attracting pro-life voters because of its staunchly pro-abortion views and those of its eventual nominee.

"The problem with the DNC outreach is the party that embraces abortion on demand … I would think would have a great deal of difficulty reaching pro-family voters," he said.

On the other hand, Donatelli told CBN News that McCain’s pro-life views on abortion line up with pro-life voters.

"The issues that are of concern to religious voters … namely, appointing and supporting judges to the federal bench that will interpret the Constitution and not make social policy … those are bedrock issues as far as Senator McCain is concerned," he said.

While the pro-life community has been hesitant to quickly embrace McCain, because of his support for embryonic stem cell research funding and his sponsorship of a bill that curtailed some campaign activities, Donatelli told CBN News he thinks pro-life voters will come around.

"I believe that as the campaign goes on this will become more and more evident. We’ve got plenty of time here, lots of time for meetings and interaction and I just believe that as we go forward that the groups you’re talking about will become more and more comfortable with our campaign," he explained.

CBN News senior national correspondent David Brody said time will tell how pro-life advocates react to the overtures.

"McCain is not known as a ‘leader’ when it comes to these issues," he said in response.

"Yes, he’s been a pretty reliable vote on the life issue (except on embryonic stem cell research) but how hard will he fight for parental notification laws, a fetal pain bill, etc?" he asked. "Will he stand on his presidential ‘soap box’ and champion these issues?"