by Steven Ertelt
December 13, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Democratic field of candidates seeking the party’s nomination for president in 2008 may grow larger depending on what pro-abortion Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut decides to do. He said he would be mulling a possible candidacy over the Christmas holiday.
Dodd told the Associated Press in an interview he would have "a conversation with the mirror" but he also admitted he’s very close to making a bid official.
"If I had to make a decision in the next thirty seconds, I’d say, ‘Let’s go,’" Dodd told AP.
He also sounded like a candidate when the news service asked him about pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois. He said it is offensive to rank and file Democrats to assume that either one of them will run or will win the nomination.
"People don’t want to be told this race is over, or that it’s down to a couple of people and everyone else is wasting their time," he said.
About Obama, Dodd told AP "the idea that someone could come to this race and bring little or no experience and still connect is going to be hard."
Dodd originally announced an exploratory committee back in May, well in advance of most of the other top Democrats considering a presidential campaign.
Karen Cross, the National Right to Life political director, previously told LifeNews.com that Dodd "is completely out of step with the American public on pro-life issues."
"His position is so extreme that he voted every chance he got — eleven times — to keep the barbaric partial-birth abortion procedure legal," Cross said.
Dodd has repeatedly voted against a ban on partial-birth abortions, he’s voted in various ways to use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, he endorsed a resolution supporting Roe v. Wade, and oppose protecting pregnant women who are victims of violence.
He also has voted to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research, the science that involves destroying human life.
Dodd has compiled an abysmal pro-life voting record. Cross said Dodd had voted 110 out of 113 times against pro-life legislation
"It would be a sad day for innocent unborn children and all vulnerable Americans to have a president as committed to pro-abortion policies as Senator Dodd," Cross said.
Former Vice President Al Gore, 2004 ticket-mates John Kerry and John Edwards, and Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana are other potential candidates. They all support abortion as well.