Southern Baptist Leader: McCain’s Running Mate Could Solidify Pro-Life Votes
by Steven Ertelt
July 23, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Southern Baptist leader says John McCain has the opportunity to solidify his support with pro-life voters if he selects a running mate who also opposes abortion. That would further contrast McCain’s candidacy with that of Barack Obama, who backs unlimited abortions with taxpayer dollars.
Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, appeared on Fox News’ "Fox & Friends" program Tuesday night.
With news that McCain could be naming his vide-presidential running mate soon, Land encouraged him to pick a committed pro-life advocate.
He also said a pro-life running mate, which he called "critically important" to evangelicals, is another reason why pro-life leader Dr. James Dobson may decide to endorse McCain.
"I think it’s one reason why Dr. Dobson said that he might endorse John McCain and [that] he was perhaps leaning towards it," Land said.
"He wants to wait and see what that vice presidential pick is. If [McCain] picks a pro-life vice presidential running mate, that will be an enormous boost," Land explained. "If he picks a pro-choice running mate, it will deflate any momentum he’s managed to build among evangelicals."
Even if McCain doesn’t pick a solidly pro-life running mate, Land said the alternative is a stridently pro-abortion candidate who would overturn pro-life laws nationwide and make people fund abortions with their tax money.
"I think that Sen. Obama is probably the most radically pro-abortion candidate to ever be nominated by a major party," Land said on the Fox News program.
"He voted against the born alive protection act in Illinois, which is an act that says that if a baby manages to survive its abortion, the doctor has to try to save it instead of allowing it to die of neglect or even killing it," Land explained.
"That’s about as radically pro-abortion as you can get," he added.
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