Pro-Abortion Groups Renew $30 Million Campaign Against McCain, Sarah Palin
by Steven Ertelt
September 8, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Three pro-abortion groups are renewing their pledge to spend $30 million collectively bashing John McCain. The organizations upped their commitment to the attack ads and get-out-the-vote efforts with the addition of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to McCain’s ticket.
NARAL, Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List are the long-time heavy hitters of the pro-abortion movement and they each previously announced multi-million dollar campaigns targeting the presidential election.
They told The Hill newspaper on Friday that voters can expect to see the effort roll out over the last 60 days of the election season.
"This is the most anti-choice ticket in history of the Republican Party," NARAL Political Director Beth Shipp told the paper. "McCain put someone as outside the mainstream as you can on his ticket, which is Sarah Palin."
Shipp is concerned that Palin will draw the kind of voters — independents, pro-abortion Republicans and women — that they are working to persuade to vote for pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama.
NARAL’s $10 million will reportedly target about three dozen Congressional districts where the organization thinks it can swing enough votes to Obama to make the difference in the election.
Planned Parenthood also told The Hill that Palin makes the differences between the tickets clear with respect to abortion.
"This selection may satisfy the right wing of the Republican Party, but it will further alienate mainstream women voters," it said.
Emily’s List president Ellen Malcolm, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter during the Democratic primary, says Palin will be unable to win over disaffected Clinton backers who, she says, are gravitating towards Obama.
"With the most important decision of his candidacy, Senator McCain managed to appear politically expedient, reverse his advantage on experience, damage his potential for growth among independents and undecided voters, and turn off the women who supported Senator Hillary Clinton," she told The Hill.
Ellen’s comments make it clear that pro-abortion women’s groups like Emily’s List are more concerned with abortion than with helping and promoting women.
"If Senator McCain thought that putting Governor Palin on the ticket would be a game changer, he may have been right, but not in the way he intended. Senator McCain has seriously misjudged women voters if he thinks he can win them over simply by putting a woman on the ticket," she said.
However, polls show that about 20 percent of Clinton backers will support McCain in the November election.
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