Palin Criticizes Obama on Abortion at PA Rally
(Hat tip: Feddie and Regular Guy Paul)
Gov. Palin delivered a strong pro-life message over the weekend in "Casey Democrat" territory:
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attacked Barack Obama on abortion on Saturday, saying the Democratic presidential candidate has "left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life."
Palin said she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain would be "defenders of the culture of life." She opposes abortion in all cases except where the pregnancy threatens the woman's life.
Alaska's governor also touched upon common campaign themes during her speech to about 5,000 supporters in Johnstown, but she focused on children with special needs and then abortion. Palin, whose infant son, Trig, has Down syndrome, said she and McCain would make protecting such children a priority.
"Every child has something to contribute ... if we give them that chance," she said.
Palin said it was about time that Obama was "called" on his abortion views.
"Please, it is not negative and it's not mean-spirited to talk about his record," she said.
Palin called Obama's ideas and votes on abortion "radical."
"In short, Sen. Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life. He's fighting with those who won't protect a child born alive," she said.
"A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate that we deserve and that we need on this issue of life — that's OK, that debate — at both the state and federal level," she said.
At Creative Minority Report, Matthew Archbold has posted the text of Gov. Palin's pro-life remarks.
Also, you can view the speech here, with the pro-life portion beginning at about 14:40.
And at Real Choice, you can read a report on Gov. Palin's speech from someone who was in attendance.