John McCain Urges Georgia Voters to Back Pro-Life Saxby Chambliss Tuesday

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Urges Georgia Voters to Back Pro-Life Saxby Chambliss Tuesday

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 30
, 2008

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Former presidential candidate John McCain has weighed in on the runoff race for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia that takes place on Tuesday. McCain is backing pro-life Sen. Saxby Chambliss over his pro-abortion rival Jim Martin, who enjoys Barack Obama’s support.

"Next week, voters in Georgia will go back to the polls in a special runoff election to choose their next U.S. Senator and we must do everything possible to ensure voters re-elect Saxby over his liberal opponent," McCain said over the weekend in a letter LifeNews.com obtained.

McCain talked about the ramifications of the election — which have prompted pro-life groups to strongly support Chambliss to have a better chance of stopping Obama’s pro-abortion agenda.

"I’ll get right to my point; there’s a lot at stake in this election," McCain said. "Obama campaign staff have moved into Georgia and the Obama campaign is keeping campaign offices in the state open to support Senator Chambliss’ opponent."

"If we lose, the Senate Democrats could reach 60 seats in the U.S. Senate. This would give them the power to enact an agenda out of touch with our values and beliefs and the ability to confirm activist judges and liberal Administration appointees with little to no open debate," he said.

Polls in the race have shown Chambliss with a slight lead, and the latest survey from PPP, a Democratic polling firm, has Sen. Chambliss leading Martin, a former state representative, by a vote of 52% to 46%.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote on election day, but Georgia state law requires the winner to have a majority and for the top two candidates to face each other in a runoff if no candidates secures one.

Pro-life groups like National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List are backing Chambliss.

Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com last week that Chambliss has a perfect pro-life voting record throughout his service in the Senate.

Chambliss voted in favor of the federal ban on partial-birth abortion and voted for a bill to uphold state parental involvement laws so teenage girls aren’t taken out of state for secret abortions.

Johnson says his group is very worried about the prospect of Martin going to the U.S. Senate.

The biggest concern is that Martin would vote with his pro-abortion colleagues for the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would legalize unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason.

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 1997, Martin refused to allow a vote on a bill to ban partial-birth abortion, even after 13 of the 16 members on his committee had cosponsored the bill, Johnson explained.

The legislature’s Democratic leadership finally employed an unusual procedure to bypass Martin’s committee and allow a floor vote on the ban, which passed by a three-to-one margin (132-43), with Martin voting against it.

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