Barack Obama Camp Starts "Faith Tour" to Mislead Pro-Life Voters on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
September 19, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Though Barack Obama is out of step with pro-life voters by virtue of his pro-abortion position throughout pregnancy, his campaign plans a "faith tour" featuring a handful of pro-life advocates who are supporting him. But the representative of one pro-life group says pro-life voters won’t be deceived.
The Obama campaign has signed up evangelical author Donald Miller, Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec and former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer, for the "Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour."
The trio plan to head to churches and community events in key battleground states starting next week and it is similar to the evangelical outreach Obama attempted in Iowa an South Carolina during the Democratic primaries.
They plan to talk about how Obama and his pro-abortion running mate Joe Biden appeals to evangelical voters.
Since the pair support virtually unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense, they will likely rely on issues like poverty and the environment to appeal to evangelical voters to back Obama or rely on false statistics claiming pro-life presidents haven’t reduced abortions.
National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson talked with LifeNews.com about the tour.
"These Obama surrogates are will try to persuade people of faith that Obama would reduce abortions," he said. "That is just is a public relations product cooked up at liberal think tanks like Third Way, where veteran pro-abortion activists specialize in developing strategies to help hard-core pro-abortion politicians camouflage their positions."
Johnson said the proof is in the pudding about how pro-abortion Obama’s policies are — despite campaign rhetoric to the contrary.
"The truth is, there are more than one million Americans alive today because of the Hyde Amendment, but Obama calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and tax-funded abortion on demand — the very opposite of ‘abortion reduction,’" he explained.
Johnson tells LifeNews.com: "Pro-life state laws — for example, women’s right to know laws, waiting periods, and parental notification laws — are saving countless lives, but Obama is a cosponsor of the so-called ‘Freedom of Choice Act,’ which would invalidate every one of these laws."
"I have faith that most people of faith are not so easily snookered," Johnson concludes.
David Brody, the senior correspondent for CBN News, also weighs in and says he thinks he knows the kind of voters Obama is targeting.
"The Obama campaign believes the White Catholic vote is very much in play especially in places like Pennsylvania," he explains. "Plus, while conservative Evangelicals are not going to head Obamas way, the campaign believes they can win over those moderate and liberal Evangelicals, Catholics and even some conservative mainline Protestants."
"Look, getting conservative Evangelicals was always a tough sell for the Obama campaign and it became much tougher after the Palin pick," he says in an analysis of the tour announcement.
"But the Obama campaign understands that most people in this country consider their faith integral to their lives. The values and religion talk resonates not just with conservative Evangelicals but a whole range of people out there," he says.
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