McCain: Protecting health, life of women an "extreme" "pro-abortion" position
OBAMA: I am completely supportive of a ban on late-term abortions, partial-birth or otherwise, as long as there's an exception for the mother's health and life, and this did not contain that exception.And McCain, in his response:
And I attempted, as many have in the past, of including that so that it is constitutional. And that was rejected, and that's why I voted present, because I'm willing to support a ban on late-term abortions as long as we have that exception.
The last point I want to make on the issue of abortion. This is an issue that -- look, it divides us. And in some ways, it may be difficult to -- to reconcile the two views.
But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, "We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby."
Those are all things that we put in the Democratic platform for the first time this year, and I think that's where we can find some common ground, because nobody's pro-abortion.
MCCAIN: Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He's health for the mother. You know, that's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That's the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, "health."
On another note, I never ever want to hear any more jokes about or see any cartoons about "Joe the Plumber." Why did Obama go along with that claptrap?!
P.S. I'm glad Obama brought up equal pay for equal work. And I thought he very much got across that it was ridiculous that in the midst of an economic crisis, McCain's main selling point is "That guy maybe associated with Bill Ayers and ACORN once upon a time!" Obviously I'm way to the left of Obama, but I've got to admit he's very stately and presidential.
P.P.S. Where does McCain get off playing the victim in all that business where supporters at his rallies are acting like lynch mobs? People are yelling "Kill him!" and "Terrorist!" about Obama, but McCain is the victim of negative attacks because an Obama supporter criticized his George-Wallace-style politics?