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  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.”
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.”