President Bush: Americans Face "Clear Contrast" on Abortion in Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush: Americans Face "Clear Contrast" on Abortion in Election

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 19
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — President Bush told a crowd at the President’s Dinner on Wednesday night that Americans face a clear choice in November on abortion and judges. He noted that John McCain and Barack Obama couldn’t be more far apart on the two key issues for the pro-life community.

While McCain takes a strong position opposing abortion and has said he wants Roe v. Wade and its era of unlimited abortions overturned, Obama has repeatedly voted for abortions and making taxpayers fund them with public money.

"This November, the American people will have a clear choice when it comes to confirming good judges and building a culture of life," the president said.

"Republicans aspire to build a society where every human being is welcomed in life and protected in law," he explained. "We’ve funded crisis pregnancy programs and supported parental notification laws."

"We outlawed the cruel practice of partial birth abortion. We defended this good law all the way to Supreme Court — and we won," Bush added. "This victory shows how important it is to put good judges on the bench."

Bush used the issue of judges to underscore his point and noted how McCain voted for his two Supreme Court picks who pro-life advocates think will help overturn Roe.

Obama voted against both picks and has promised to only appoint judges who will keep unlimited abortions legal another 35 years.

"We believe that unelected judges should strictly interpret the law, and not legislate from the bench. I’ve nominated and Congress has confirmed good judges, including the two newest members of the Supreme Court — Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts," Bush explained.

"Our opponents have a different view. There’s no clearer illustration of their differences in our judicial philosophies than this: John McCain voted to confirm these eminently qualified Supreme Court justices. His opponent voted against them," the president said.

The dinner gave a preview of Bush’s likely message over the coming months as the two senators compete to replace him.

"This is my eighth President’s Dinner — also known as my last dinner before mandatory retirement," Bush joked.

"I can’t say for sure what I’m going to be doing at this time next year — I suspect I’ll be in Crawford, watching the Rangers on TV. But I know what you’ll be doing — you’ll be holding this dinner in honor of a new guest: President John McCain," he said.

"I know John McCain well. I have worked with him, and I have run against him. Take it from me: It’s better to have him on your side," Bush said.

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