Barack Obama Slams John McCain on Abortion in Rally, Calls Him "Panicked"

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

Barack Obama Slams John McCain on Abortion in Rally, Calls Him "Panicked"

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 19
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Barack Obama continued to go on the offensive on Friday on abortion after his campaign released a new ad calling John McCain and an abortion survivor "sleazy, despicable liars." Obama continued the attack bashing McCain on abortion in a Florida rally and calling him "panicked."

The Illinois senator appeared in front of 8,000 people at a South Florida rally and complained that McCain has called Roe v. Wade a bad decision.

He also made the statement, seen in the ad, that McCain is running on a platform of banning abortions even in cases of rape and incest, even though that’s is a misrepresentation of McCain’s position.

According to a transcript of the remarks LifeNews.com received, Obama likened his position favoring unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy to his mantra for change.

“Change means a president who will stand up for choice, who understands that five men on the Supreme Court don’t know better than women and their families and their doctors about what’s best for their health,” Obama said.

“That’s why I fought so hard in Illinois and Washington to stop laws that overturn Roe v Wade," Obama added.

"That’s why I am committed to appointing judges who understand how law operates in our daily lives, judges who will uphold the values at the core of our constitution. That’s why I will never back down from defending a woman’s right to choose," he said.

Obama also claimed McCain would promote policies that would give the government "free rein" to discriminate against women.

Obama also claimed the Arizona senator is lashing out at him and running ads that attack him on abortion (even though they don’t come from the McCain camp). He says that is a sign McCain is "panicked."

“I think it’s pretty clear that Sen. McCain is a little panicked right now,” Obama told the crowd. “At this point he seems to be willing to say anything or do anything or change any position or violate any principle to try and win this election.”

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