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March 6, 2008
  

John McCain Will Head Republican Ticket 
How is he going to get from the Primaries to the Presidency?

John McCain's victories in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island caused his Delegate tally to reach 1,191, the number necessary to secure the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States. His successes in the Primaries have been due largely to the participation of moderate Republicans, otherwise known as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and Independent voters. Voters who make up the pro-life, social conservative base of the Party have been, and still are, lukewarm about Mr. McCain. Many either didn't bother to participate in the primaries or cast their votes for Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Fred Thompson or Mitt Romney, candidates whose positions on social issues are more consistent with their own.

Now, John McCain has to win the support of conservative Republicans who could make or break his ability to win in November by simply staying home. These are the people who man the phone banks, organize a multitude of activities to promote the candidate, walk miles door-to-door promoting Republican candidates and registering voters, host coffees and meet-and-greet opportunities for candidates and on Election Day participate in the massive get-out-the-vote effort. People who do these things do them because they are enthusiastically committed to getting their man elected President.

How is John McCain going to build that kind of loyalty and enthusiasm among the Republican Party grassroots activists?

He can start by assuring us that he will not allow the pro-life plank in the Republican National Platform (Page 84) to be tampered with in any way. We have reason to be concerned about the Platform because many of the individuals and organizations supporting the McCain campaign have been trying for years without success to weaken or remove the pro-life Platform language. A co-chair of the McCain for President Finance Committee is Lew Eisenberg, former Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Eisenberg teamed up with pro-abortion former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman to form the Republican Leadership Council (RLC) for the purpose of raising money to elect pro-abortion-choice candidates to Congress. The RLC lists among its "Strategic Partners" Republicans for Choice, Planned Parenthood Republicans for Choice, Republican Majority for Choice, and The WISH List, all dedicated to supporting anti-life candidates.

Republicans for Choice names John McCain as their "number two choice" after Rudy Giuliani's defeat. They say that "while he is 'personally pro-life' . . . we know we can work with him to create common ground . . ." John McCain should let us know that he understands there can be no "common ground" between people who think it should be legal to kill babies before they are born and those who wish to protect their lives.

In the 2000 Primary debate in South Carolina broadcast on CNN, McCain attacked then-Texas Governor George Bush for supporting the pro-life plank in the Republican platform because it does not include exceptions for rape and incest. For someone who claims a "pro-life" voting record, his vote to expand taxpayer funding for killing human embryos for research is certainly anti-life. It is not enough for him to say he supports overturning Roe v. Wade. While that is a worthy goal, it would not save one life.

If John McCain wants to unify the Party in order to win in November, he must begin by stating his unequivocal support for the pro-life plank.

Never forget that YOU were once an embryo.


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