Bob Casey Mentions Abortion, But Backs Obama and Trashes John McCain

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Bob Casey Mentions Abortion, But Backs Obama and Trashes John McCain

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 27
, 2008

Denver, CO ( — Bob Casey, the self-declared pro-life senator from Pennsylvania, mentioned abortion during his speech at the Democratic convention but passed up an opportunity to criticize Barack Obama or his party’s pro-abortion position. Instead, Casey applauded Obama’s supposed moderate stance and trashed presidential candidate John McCain.

Pro-life Democrats were hopeful that Casey would complete the job his father, the late Gov. Bob Casey, tried to begin when Bill Clinton’s campaign prevented him from speaking at the 1992 convention.

Their hopes were dashed with Casey merely mentioned a disagreement with Obama on abortion and offered him words of praise.

"Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion," Casey said. "But the fact that I’m speaking here tonight is testament to Barack’s ability to show respect for the views of people who may disagree with him."

However, Obama holds a strict pro-abortion view and his campaign put together a Democratic Party platform that failed to include language saying some Democrats have a disagreement with the party on the life and death issue.

"I’m honored to stand before you as Governor Bob Casey’s son and a proud supporter of Barack Obama," Casey added — making no mention of his father’s refusal to support President Clinton because of his ardent pro-abortion position.

"He’s one of us," Casey said with conviction, ignoring Obama’s pledge to topple all pro-life laws nationwide as his first act as president.

Instead, Casey trashed McCain, running as the pro-life candidate on abortion, and gave what some considered the harshest attack on him yet at the convention.

He complained that McCain, who has said he will have a pro-life administration, would continue Bush’s policies and said he hoped the pro-life president would only have “four more months” in office.

Sarah Pulliam, of Christianity Today, noticed how Casey failed to thoroughly address abortion.

“Casey barely mentioned abortion during his speech tonight at on the floor of the Democratic National Convention,” she said. “In 1992, former Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey Sr. wanted to discussion his opposition to abortion but was denied a speaking slot. His son barely touched on the subject in his speech tonight.”


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