Hillary Clinton is a longtime abortion advocate who is perfectly fine with abortions up to birth with virtually no limits. So it comes as no surprise that three of the people on the short list for a potential spot as her vice-presidential running mate support abortion.
Those on the shortlist include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of progressives who has emerged as a blistering critic of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump; Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked lawmaker from an important general election battleground state; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, a rising star in the Democratic Party.
A small group of Clinton campaign confidants has been sifting through publicly available information about more than two dozen possible contenders for more than a month. But with Democratic primary voting wrapping up last week, the list has been culled significantly and the campaign has begun contacting those under consideration.
Kaine, a former Virginia governor who previously headed the Democratic National Committee, is well-liked within the party and is more moderate than Warren. While he may not excite liberals, he’s seen as a running mate who could appeal to independents and swing voters in his home state and elsewhere.
President Barack Obama thoroughly vetted Kaine as he searched for a running mate in 2008, ultimately passing over the Virginian in favor of then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden.
Castro, a telegenic 41-year-old Texan, would bring youthful enthusiasm to Clinton’s campaign and would be the first Hispanic on a major party ticket. Obama plucked him from his post as San Antonio mayor in 2014 to serve in the Cabinet, a move seen by some Democrats as a way to bolster Castro’s national profile for a potential vice presidential run.
Warren is a strong abortion proponent who has a 0 percentage pro-life voting record in Congress, according to the National Right to Life Committee. She led the fight to force religious groups like the Little Sisters and Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby to be mandated to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their health plans.
Kaine is a longtime abortion advocate who has sought to appear moderate on abortion. But he was pro-abortion enough for Democrats for Life to yank its endorsement of him.
“His spokesman and website are now identifying him as a pro-choice Democrat. DFLA, therefore, cannot endorse Governor Kaine,” it said.
Kaine says on his own web site that he doesn’t want to put any limits on the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and has resulted in 55 million abortions.
“I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade,” Kaine says, adding that he doesn’t support “criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.”
“Tim Kaine will do nothing more than rubberstamp President Obama’s expanding abortion agenda,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List in 2012 when Kaine was running for the Senate.
Dannenfelser told LifeNews: “A longtime abortion advocate himself, Tim Kaine even opposes common sense limits to abortion like parental notification laws to protect underage children from abortion. Tim Kaine fully supports the President’s expansion of taxpayer funding for abortion under Obamcare and has refused to support any efforts to protect religious liberty and the rights of conscience. Virginia women and families deserve better than Tim Kaine.”
Meanwhile, Julian Castro has strong support from Planned Parenthood. Shortly after his confirmation as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development – abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards called Castro her friend and tweeted congratulations.
Castro supported Planned Parenthood’s effort to derail a late-term abortion ban in Texas. According to the abortion giant, thenMayor Julián Castro joined the radically pro-choice Stand With Texas Women bus tour rally in San Antonio. Castro is also a long time supporter of pro-abortion Gubernatorial Texas hopeful – Wendy Davis.