Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sam Brownback Lobbying John McCain on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

(Hat tip:

Washington, DC ( -- In an interview with on Thursday, pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback said Republican presidential candidate John McCain is doing some re-examining of his position on embryonic stem cell research. In light of new advances in ethical forms of the science, McCain is grappling with the controversial topic.

With victories in South Carolina and Florida and a lead in the polls as almost two dozen states head to Super Tuesday, more political observers say John McCain is the likely Republican nominee.

McCain opposes abortion, but pro-life advocates are concerned about his votes to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

Brownback told, "I've hit him up on that hard and hit his campaign up on that hard with the breakthrough of reprogramming skin cells."

"His language has changed although his position has not on this," Brownback said, implying that McCain has absorbed some of the latest news on ethical forms of stem cell research yielding embryonic-like stem cells.

Brownback said he has impressed upon McCain the point that new scientific advances make it less necessary to do embryonic stem cell research
[ED.: "Necessary"? It's never necessary to commit evil so that some imagined good may result. Note that this is the reporter's word, not Sen. Brownback's.], "but he hasn't come to the point that he will uphold President Bush's stance."

"His language has changed on it, but we'll keep working on him," Brownback told

My Comments:
I'd feel a lot more at ease about McCain being the GOP nominee if Sam Brownback were his running mate.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
McCain Gets Help from Brownback to Lure Catholics

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At 1/31/2008 11:53 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I agree, that would make me feel much better about McCain.

At 2/01/2008 12:44 AM, Anonymous BillyHW said...

The single most important thing is that he appoint a Supreme Court justice that will overturn Roe.

The next president is almost guaranteed at least two picks.

At 2/01/2008 11:27 AM, Blogger Bender said...

Does anyone really, in their heart of hearts, truly believe that John McCain will nominate someone who is even potentially anti-Roe?

It is going to take A WAR to get an potential anti-Roe nominee confirmed. To be sure, it will be a nuclear war to get the job done. The pro-abortion crowd will do anything and everything to stop such a nominee -- it will dwarf the savaging of Bork and Thomas.

You really think that McCain is going to want to be commander in chief of that war? You really think that McCain is going to want to go head-to-head with his "good friends" in the Senate, and thereby risk alienating them on other issues?

Deep down, what do folks really think that a President McCain would do?

As for me, I am, shall we say, rather annoyed that the bonehead "he's the only one who can win" crowd has succeeded in pushing out the competition and left us with the situation where we are screwed no matter who wins. (And some of these are the same conservative and/or pro-life elites who, if they were football coaches, would have been fired 20 times over because of their consistently losing record.)

At 2/01/2008 11:51 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


You'll find my answer to your question in my first post about McCain and Alito:

"... And I ask everyone who has watched and listened to John McCain for the last 8 years: in your gut, which one do you believe sounds like the REAL McCain? The one who says he wants to appoint Justices who are strict constructionist "clones" of Roberts and Alito (you know, guys who might strike down McCain's signature piece of legislation)? Or the one who is afraid that Alito wears his conservatism on his sleeve and might cause a fight with Senate liberals?

"In MY gut, I know which one sounds like the McCain I've come to distrust over the years."


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