Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hillary Supporters for McCain

One of my new pet peeves are former Hillary supporters who are planning to vote for McCain (around 20% of them, last I heard). Here is a John McCain ad featuring one such supporters, Debra Bartoshevich, not an actress by the way.


Yesterday in Denver, where the Democratic Convention is taking place, the McCain camp brought Debra out for a press conference, so she could explain her decision to others. Debra, a pro-choicer, was asked if she was concerned about McCain's pro-life voting record, to which she replied:

"Going back to 1999, John McCain did an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle saying that overturning Roe v. Wade would not make any sense, because then women would have to have illegal abortions."

Well, that is in fact true. "I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary," McCain told the Chronicle in 1999. "But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations." Adding to the confusion, Carly Fiorina, top McCain surrogate, said earlier this year: "[McCain] has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade."

And yet, during the South Carolina primaries McCain stated “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned" and his campaign website says

I am an ardent pro choicer. As far as I am concerned, if you think an unborn baby should not be killed, by all means, CHOOSE life. I strongly suspect that I would not be able to kill my unborn baby, though never say never (consider rape, incest, genetic defect). And Hillary supporters who are planning to vote for McCain make me mad.


maeverin said...

one thing i hate about these arguments is it is made to be so freakin' black and white when there are shades of grey to consider. you know i am also pro-choice, BUT i do believe there should be some restrictions. none of this 3rd trimester aborting (unless medically necessary), no using it as a form of birth control, rapes etc. being the exceptions for that. whenever this subject is brought up by the pro-lifers, they automatically go to the 3rd trimester abortions as if they are the only way the "murderers" do their deeds and parade images and descriptions during protests.
but besides all that, just because he says he wants to overturn, doesn't mean it's gonna happen. politicians say a lot of things that don't happen.

Paulina said...

yeah, I am with you on all points. Nevertheless, the next president will have the power to appoint new supreme court judges, and they may overturn Roe v Wade. It's all just pandering to the base though..

maeverin said...

just a piece of interesting trivia i learned while looking up Roe v. Wade on wiki (i was curious if someone would want to overturn based on the current wording of the ruling) and it was mentioned that the woman who started the whole thing, Roe, has since become a pro-lifer because other women would stop her on the street and tell her "thank you for making it possible for me to have my 6 abortions"

Paulina said...

poor woman. that must really suck, to feel responsible for every abortion. ouch.