Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Planned Parenthood Takes Aim at McCain

From FOXNews:
Richmond, VA — With enemies like this, who needs friends? Could a Planned Parenthood radio ad launched Sunday taking aim at John McCain’s pro-life record actually help the Arizona Senator within the conservative activist community (on top of his Gary Bauer endorsement today) as McCain seeks to reach out to his right flank?

The ad attacks McCain’s “anti-choice” stance, noting that his “plan to outlaw abortion threatens the lives and health of women.” The 60-second spot will air in the DC area through Tuesday and adds that McCain has a “zero percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lowest rating in the US Senate.” The group promises an “aggressive effort” to educate voters about McCain’s pro-life record through the general election.

Of course, this ad also reflects the tightrope McCain has to walk right now as he concurrently seeks to bring aboard skeptical conservatives while also continuing to appeal to independents and moderates important in the general—the lowest Planned Parenthood rating in the US Senate could increase his appeal on the right and decrease it on the left.


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At 2/12/2008 1:41 PM, Anonymous northern ox said...

This is truly bizarre. I can't imagine (given the current poll numbers of McCain v. the Dems versus Huckabee v. the Dems) that Planned Parenthood really wants to boost McCain in the GOP primaries, but I can't see any other outcome from this ad.

Maybe the goal was to try to increase turnout in the Dem. primary? But to what end?

Of course, truth be told, Huckabee's record on life issues still seems to be superior, to me at least.

At 2/13/2008 2:54 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

This is a game, folks. Planned Parenthood knows that it will boost McCain in the primaries. Remember that Republicans for Choice endorsed McCain. They use reverse psychology on Republicans.


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