Thursday, January 24, 2008

McCain Courts Catholic Vote in Florida

(Hat tip:

From Catholic News Agency:
CNA STAFF, Jan 23, 2008 / 08:16 pm (CNA).- John McCain has set his sights on Florida as the state’s primary draws closer. In a conversation with Catholics in Florida and CNA this afternoon, McCain maintained his support for embryonic stem cell research [ED.: Which makes you a non-starter, at least in the primaries, as long as there are more pro-life candidates out there.] while emphasizing his hope that it will become an academic issue given the latest scientific advances.

When he was asked how he reconciled his otherwise solid pro-life voting record with his support for experimentation on “surplus” embryos, Sen. McCain called his decision to back the research “a very agonizing and tough decision”. [ED.: Whatever.] He continued, saying, “All I can say to you is that I went back and forth, back and forth on it and I came in on one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had, in favor of that research. And one reason being very frankly is those embryos will be either discarded or kept in permanent frozen status.” The senator, while standing firm on his decision added, “I understand how divisive this is among the pro-life community.” [ED.: No. Those who are truly "pro-life" are not divided on this issue at all.]

Referring to the recent break through in stem cell research which allows scientists to use skin cells to create stem cells, McCain said that, “I believe that skin stem cell research has every potential very soon of making that discussion academic…. Sam Brownback and others are very encouraged at this latest advance….” [ED.: Notice the name dropping. We're supposed to be impressed by the mention of Sen. Brownback. And notice that it is "Sam Brownback and others" who are encouraged by the latest advance. McCain can't be bothered by such stuff since he's already made up his mind to embrace Frankenstein science.]

On the issue of appointments to the Supreme Court, McCain mentioned that Sam Brownback would play an advisory role in helping decide who he should nominate for the Supreme Court. [ED.: Again with the name dropping. Like Rudy before him, McCain acknowledges that he can't be trusted with making Supreme Court picks on his own, and therefore drops the names of those who are trusted in the pro-life community and offers them up as "key advisors" on judicial nominations.] As models of who he would select, John McCain pointed to Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia. [ED.: Okay. But I'd feel better if he had thrown Justice Thomas' name in the mix. However, McCain's not about to do something like that to tarnish his reputation with the media.] Pro-life advocates see the choice of Supreme Court Justices as key to overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
The Cranky Conservative: Is McCain or Giuliani More Trustworthy on Judges?

Santorum Says McCain Unreliable on Pro-Life Issues

Two Catholic Pro-Life Advocates Endorse John McCain's GOP Presidential Bid

Santorum Attacks McCain's Conservative Credentials

"Not One of Us"

Catholics for McCain?

McCain Gets Help from Brownback to Lure Catholics

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At 1/24/2008 2:33 PM, Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Jay, I understand your pessimism but we can take heart, the comment, "Sam Brownback would play an advisory role in helping decide who he should nominate for the Supreme Court" certainly would make me feel a lot better about the situation! McCain is probably the most electable Republican, and if the most electable guy is in the White House and turns to the most pro-life guy in the Senate to help him pick judges we will have much to celebrate. Besides, I shudder to think who Hillary or Obama would consult in the senate on judge picks, Chuck Schumer, Herb Kohl, etc, not a pretty picture.

At 1/24/2008 2:58 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

FD, I can't agree that McCain is the most electable Republican. We will not win this election without a candidate who can fire up the GOP base. That's not McCain.

Besides, if there must be devil in the White House, better it should be a Democrat.

It's not up to me to decide who'll be president. I only get to decide who I'll vote for. I can't base that decision on a prediction of how everyone else will vote.

Instead, I need to choose from among the reliably pro-life candidates who is the best and most trustworthy.

I think there are only two reliably pro-life candidates in this race: Huckabee, and Ron Paul. Of those two, I think Paul is better on the other issues, and is by far more trustworthy.


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