McCain chides GOP on abortion: “Leave the issue alone”

Hypocrite McCain declares Republicans need a “bigger tent”

During Chris Wallace’s Fox News’ Sunday interview with John McCain as the two recapped the presidential election results, Wallace suggested the Republican Party might need to broaden its appeal to Hispanics and unmarried women. McCain’s response:

“I think we have to have a bigger tent, there’s no doubt about it,” McCain said. “Obviously, we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side and we’re going to have to give a much more positive agenda. It can’t be just being against the Democrats and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You’ve got to be for things. And we have to give them something like the [1994] Contract with America that we gave them some years ago.”

And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely — I don’t think anybody like me, I can state my position on abortion, but, other than that, leave the issue alone when we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we’re in, said McCain.

“I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions,” McCain stated. “I’m proud of my pro-life position and record. But if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.”

The entire interview text can be read here. Listen to McCain’s words here.

This laissez-faire attitude on something as fundamental as sanctity of life may shock some who have believed John McCain’s hollow rhetoric about his commitment to being pro-life.  But his words are nothing new. Here is McCain back in 1999, calling abortion “an unpleasant and terrible procedure,” while opining that the Republican Party should go back to the [pre-Ronald Reagan pro-life plank] Republican Platform of 1980 and ’84.

“I want us to be a party of inclusion.  Whether we are pro-choice or pro-life we share the same goal and that is the elimination of abortion, which McCain termed, “an unpleasant and terrible procedure.”

23 Responses to McCain chides GOP on abortion: “Leave the issue alone”

  1. CD9 says:

    Unlike McNasty, I know many things the Republican party is for, lets start with life, we do not believe taking the life of the unborn is good policy or good moral behavior. We are for the rule of law, we believe you should respect our borders and not come into our Country illegally. We belive in States rights, the Governors and city councils are much closer to the people than the Federal Government. We believe in making use of our natural resources and getting us off all Foreign oil products, we also believe in making people self-sufficient by making it easier for businesses to hire by reducing regualtions for a more proper business life. We believe in the rights of the individual to own guns and hunt to put food on their table and protect their families. We also believe in the CONSTITUTION, something Mccain seems to have forgotten.

  2. State Delegate says:

    If John McCain actually believes the abortion industry wants to eliminate the lucrative baby-killing market, he has more rocks in his head than I previously thought. How can he even think that pro-life and pro-abortion people have “the same goal?”
    Read this for some actual facts compiled by a woman who was a longtime Planned Parenthood employee and a Clinic Director:

  3. California Dreamer says:

    This offensive jerk does NOT speak for me. McCain cunningly tries to position himself on every side of major issues. Now he’s even warming up to the lying UN Ambassador Susan Rice. As a transplanted Californian, I came here thinking John McCain was OK since he dominated the news. Little did I know he was a nitwit with good media people who pimp him out to all of the news shows. Most of the time when he opens his mouth, he botches what he says and has to be rescued by whomever is standing in close enough proximity to whisper the actual facts in his ear.
    I love Arizona, but after several years living here, I am baffled as to why the mostly good folks here would keep electing this moronic liar.

    • CD9 says:

      California Dreamer, they not only keep electing this moron, they gave the other moron Jeff McFlake a new position and elected him to the Senate. I think the sun has gotten to the old fools who keep voting for this man.

  4. Proudly ProLife says:

    John McCain is absolutely right! Abortion is “an unpleasant and terrible procedure”…..especially if you’re the baby whose life is being snuffed out.

  5. Kent says:

    “Give them?” What the hell does McCain think we are? Sheep in need of grass and oats that he doles out to placate us?

  6. Vagabond says:

    Here’s John McCain’s own campaign ads where he grandly admits to his support of stem cell research! Not ONE, but TWO…telling us he’s going to push to invest millions more in the project.
    If he’s actually pro-life, I’m a monkey’s uncle.

  7. eubykdisop says:

    Make no mistake about it. This is a veiled attack on Conservatives AND it is part of a Liberal strategy. What is that strategy?

    Just as Liberals seek to “redefine” marriage, thereby eliminating it as we know it, they also seek to “redefine” Conservatism, thereby putting an end to Conservatism as well. What is the specific method for accomplishing this?

    The method is to eliminate all “social issues” from Conservatism, leaving ONLY fiscal issues. Why is that the objective?

    The Communists have always sought to infiltrate and to bring down America from within, primarily by attacking the family and our moral fabric:

    “Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.” – Karl Marx, Manifesto of the Communist Party, Chapter II.

    “But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” – Karl Marx, Manifesto of the Communist Party, Chapter II.

    What I find astounding is that the Communist plan for bringing down America and Capitalism has been written down since 1848, has been unwaveringly pursued since that time, is being put in place right now under our very noses and yet the majority of Americans are unaware of it and fail to call it by it’s name; Communism!

    John McCain is a Communist “dupe”, being charitable about it!

  8. Doc says:


    When ya’ got nuthin’ ta LOSE…yer REAL FACE is shown! I wonder how all his AZ Sheriff buddies feel NOW???

    • eubykdisop says:

      LOL! Two “lame ducks” revealing their “One World” agenda! They apparently couldn’t find a “Republican” who is going to remain in the Senate to introduce this legislation, Doc!

  9. PJ O'Malley says:

    WHAT does McArrogant mean by ““I would allow people to have those opinions….”? Is he saying he would actually condescend to ALLOW us peasants to have our own opinions??? Why thank you Massa!
    (Interestingly enough, “senator” springs from the same root as “senile,” and now I understand the connection.)

  10. Blackbeard says:

    McCain will do or say anything to win an election. He and Kyl (and now Jeff the Flakester) became border hawks as elections were in full gear. Both McCain and Kyl changed their positions immediately after re-winning their senate seats. I expect nothing less from the sinister grinister Jeff Flake. The problem, as a commenter here mentioned sometime ago, is the overly lengthy 6-year terms before they have to face voters. A lot of damage is done and positions conveniently switched and it gets swept under the rug.

  11. Fed Up says:

    Let’s not give a pass to the Arizona pro-life organizations that have either endorsed or honored these guys. Center for AZ Policy recently honored Kyl and Arizona Right to Life’s John Jakubczyk has been smitten with McCain for years, often bragging that he can get the senile senator on the phone whenever he plugs in his number. These groups should bear responsibility for creating the monsters who call themselves pro-life when it suits their purposes and then have the gall to say the economy and national security trump life issues. John McCain is a shameless chameleon who cares about nothing but staying in office. His commitment to life is stunningly clear when he says he “respects” pro-abortion views. If the senator ever showed up anywhere when it wasn’t a worrisome election, I’d like to ask him what exactly he respects about the notion of taking an innocent life.

  12. patriotmom says:

    At least we know for sure that McCain is a Demoncrat in GOP clothing- as if there was ever any doubt. From the backsliding on the pledge not to raise taxes to their own version of the DREAM Act and now with their failure to support life, McStain and his cronies are showing that, at least for them, there really is no difference between their party and the Demoncrats. At this rate, the whole country will be under a one party system “ruled” by Nobama who will promptly push for a change to that pesky Constitution and get himself additional terms in office.

  13. Hagar says:

    I dare him to show up at the state party meeting in January.

    • State Delegate says:

      Don’t hold your breath, Hagar. He NEVER does. You might recall McCain didn’t even show up at the state convention when his name was placed in nomination for the US Presidency — as a (not so) favorite son. I heard from some close to his campaign, there was a strong concern he would be booed and they didn’t want to chance that, knowing it would make the national news.

      • Hagar says:

        The last time I recall him showing up was at a Maricopa County Republican meeting several years ago. When he got up to speak many delegates stood up and turned their backs to him.

  14. BrandonH says:

    Frankly, I’m sick of the abortion issue also, and would prefer if Republicans dropped it. It’s never going to be made illegal, anyone who thinks it is is living in a fantasy world.

    I believe abortion is immoral, just like homosexuality, but it’s not a political issue, and I’m tired of losing on an issue that’s more of an abstract moral question than one that requires a solution from bureaucrats.

    The right to life movement should focus on changing hearts and minds if it truly wants to lower the abortion rate, because there’s never going to be a law that bans all abortions anymore than there’s going to be a law that bans fornication or adultery.

    Right now, the focus of conservatism should be building a coalition that wants smaller government. The Santorum/Huckabee/Akin wing can take a hike.

    • Carpe Diem says:

      Frankly, Brandon, I’m sick of bank robbers and murderers. too. But those are moral, not political issues. I stand with you. Let’s do away with the entire criminal justice system. It’s so judgmental, burdensome and costly. If mothers want to have the brains sucked out of their pre-born babies, that’s absolutely their right. And if your neighbor wants to plug you for having a tree limb hanging over his fence, that’s his right as well. We all just need to lighten up. Murder and theft have been with us since the Garden of Eden.. They are never going to go away. I’m tired of losing elections on matters dealing with decency

      • BrandonH says:

        You’re never going to get a law that outlaws abortions. Better get used to it. Sorry if that dose of reality hurts, but it’s time to move on.

        The legal system is not going to line up with everyone’s sense of right and wrong.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Ah, nothing quite like the “never” naysaying of angry Liberals, LOL! Ain’t it funny how Liberals are always telling Conservatives what we CAN’T do! That’s because they want to discourage us from even trying because if we don’t try we won’t accomplish anything!

        No thanks, BrandonH. we’ll continue to look for opportunities to overturn Roe v. Wade and seize them when they present themselves. Sorry if that dose of reality hurts but it will be time to “move on” when we say that it’s time to move on, not when you tell us that it is!

        Have a nice day, BrandonH!

    • Marianne says:

      In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade disallowed laws restricting abortion which were on the books in a number of states. Prior to that, abortion was illegal. Killing a healthy baby is a gruesome procedure, particularly in second and third trimesters, and should be illegal today. You argue in favor of unspeakable and vicious brutality for convenience.

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