August 16, 2008
McCain on stem-cell research, abortion, marriage, and evil
Conservative evangelicals have raised John McCain's support of embryonic stem-cell research in opposition to his candidacy.
McCain addressed it briefly in his response to Rick Warren's "worldview questions." "For those of us in the pro-life community, this is a great struggle. … I’ve come down on the side of stem cell research, but I’m wildly optimistic that skin cell research … will make this debate an academic one."
Rick Warren: At what point is baby is entitled to human rights?
John McCain's answer: At the moment of conception. I have a 25 year pro-life record in congress, in the senate. This presidency will have pro-life policies. That’s my commitment to you.
Warren's answer: We won’t go longer on that one.
Warren: Define marriage.
McCain: A union between man and woman, between one man and one woman. The court overturned the definition of marriage. I believe they were wrong. I’m a federalist. I believe states should make that decision. That doesn’t mean that people can’t enter into legal agreements, that they don’t’ have the rights of all citizens.
When asked a question on evil, McCain said, "If I have to go to gates and hell and back, I will get Osama Bin Laden."
This is cross-posted from CT's liveblog.