McCain Wants GOP Mum on Abortion

By:  Jack Kenny
11/29/2012
       
McCain Wants GOP Mum on Abortion

There should be no talk of abortion — or as little as possible, anyway — in the "bigger tent" Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recommends for the Republican Party. Republican candidates should "leave the issue alone," McCain said in his November 25 interview on Fox News Sunday.

There should be no talk of abortion — or as little as possible, anyway — in the "bigger tent" Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recommends for the Republican Party. Republican candidates should "leave the issue alone," McCain said in his November 25 interview on Fox News Sunday. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee offered that advice in response to a question from host Chris Wallace about demographic groups that voted overwhelmingly for President Obama in this year's election.

"You lost unmarried women by 36 points, Hispanics by 44 points. Young people by 23 points," Wallace said. "Does your party need to change, especially in its outreach with those groups, on social issues like same sex marriage, on immigration reform?"

"I think we have to have a bigger tent," McCain said in a reply that made no mention of same-sex marriage or immigration reform, but spoke in general terms about having "a much more positive agenda." He continued, "It can't just be being against the Democrats and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You have to be for things, and we have to give them something like the Contract with America, that we gave them some years ago. We have to give them something to be for." But not the right to life, apparently.

"And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely — I don't think anybody like me, I can state my position on abortion, but to — other than that, leave the issue alone when we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we're in."

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