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Feb. 3, 2006|
MICHIGAN/WASHINGTON PLAN PRIMARY CHANGES: Moves Could Block McCain |
One of the factors in Senator John McCain’s victory in the 2000 presidential primary in Michigan was the influx of cross-over Democrats who found McCain’s message appealing.
Presently, Senator McCain is running for president in 2008. He is vigorously courting influential Republicans in Michigan, and is orchestrating a precinct-by-precinct campaign strategy in the state of Washington, where he narrowly lost the 2000 primary.
Senator McCain is no conservative. On life issues, he justifies abortion for babies conceived through crimes of rape or incest, and he supports expansion of federal funding for experimentation on embryonic babies. From a pro-life perspective, McCain is unacceptable as a presidential contender.
Republican officials in Michigan hope to accomplish a plan whereby in 2008, both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries on the same day, so that voters must participate in one or the other, not both. Michigan Republicans are wise to do whatever it takes to prevent Democrats from skewing the election results by voting in the Republican primary for the most liberal candidate.
In Washington state, Republicans select the presidential nominee through a combination of local caucuses and a primary Officials are hoping to shift more power to the caucuses, where conservative and pro-life activists have more influence.
These anticipated moves should hearten grassroots Republicans who have grown weary of the top-down exercise of power that has grown increasingly oppressive in the party in recent years. Bottom-up grassroots participation during the 1970s and ’80s led to the election of Ronald Reagan, one of our greatest presidents.
That’s the way it should be.
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade, said the state may not prohibit abortion "where it is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother." The court said further, "the medical judgment may be exercised in light of all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age—relevant to the well-being of the mother."
The ruling in Doe made it legal for abortion to be committed for any reason throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Tuesday’s rulings may trigger a new examination by the Supreme Court.
Senator Santorum is reportedly down in the polls by a significant margin in his re-election bid against challenger, Democrat State Treasurer Bob Casey, the "marginally pro-life" son of the late pro-life Governor of PA, Bob Casey. Aligning himself with Specter is a strange maneuver if he hopes to win back his disheartened pro-life base of support.
Republican National Coalition for Life Box 618 Alton Illinois 62002|
618-462-5415 Fax: 618-462-8909 E-mail