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August 19, 2008

Would McCain choose a pro-abortion candidate?

Vice presidential candidate guessing games continue

Sen. John McCain told the Weekly Standard last week that he would consider a pro-abortion candidate, but Fox News reports today that has ruled out former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Republican National Committee officials told Fox today that McCain is no longer considering Ridge, who supports abortion rights. McCain has announced that he will announce his running mate Aug. 26, the day after the Democratic National Convention ends.

Fox reports that senior McCain advisers and aides have told RNC officials that McCain "got the message" last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful.

The National Review reported yesterday that the McCain campaign had called state Republican officials around the country the last couple of days to weigh consequences of a pro-choice running mate.

The Associated Press reports that McCain's top contenders are said to include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential pick in 2000 who now is an independent.

Sen. Barack Obama may announce his running mate this Saturday. His short list includes Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh.


The fact that Senator McCain would consider a pro-abortion running mate is an example of the hypocrisy that is seen in all politicians. Do what it takes to win. Everyone modifies their message to get the votes; it's a political marketing strategy. McCain's responses on Saturday were too perfect. You can tell that he was coached. Now, if he is saying he's going to choose a pro-life candidate, why would he even consider a pro-abortion candidate?

So, why would we denounce Obama for also saying that he's pro-choice, but against late term abortions? He personally does not believe in abortions or same-sex marriage. He does not believe in discrimination. It does seem like an oxymoron on both sides. This is typical of what I've seen in Christian politicians. Change the message, get the votes!

My desire is that Christians will pray before they vote! Seek God before casting your ballots. Don't be deceived by being loyal to a political party, race, or gender. Be loyal to God and you can't go wrong. God can use a Democrat or a Republican as long as they are saved. Both candidates say they are saved. Then check the fruits to see if they are of God. What issues are going on in the world today? What is God saying at this hour? What is God's agenda: reconciliation, love, peace, incorporating our moral values into our schools and businesses? Who has the best plan for the majority of the Americans, not just the rich? Who has a plan to help people get out of debt, get a great education, and take care of the poor and needy, make an equal playing field for all people, justice for all people? God said He can change the heart of a king. Again since both are saved, who do we choose?

Well I won't endorse or denounce man, but I will endorse the word of God in its entirety and not just segments that fit a political marketing strategy.

Answer these questions and ask God for wisdom and vote!

Freya S. Williams

I keep reading and hearing that Evangelicals won't go for Romney because of his religion. I consider myself an Evangelical and wanted Romney to be the Presidential candidate, and would like to see him as McCain's running mate.

I also strongly believe that we need to pray before voting so I plan to take part in the "If My People Campaign" to have a million Christians pray for the forty days before the election. This is sponsored by Nelson Ministries of the Thomas Nelson Publishers. Check out www.ifmypeoplecampaign.com for additional information.

God can use anyone saved or not according to the Bible. We should always pray but how do we know God wants one over the other.
How about pray for the candidate to have integrity and values? Pro-Choice/Pro-Abortion vs. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion is just a quagmire of ideals. The ideals are black and white, but we don't live in the black or white. Our frailty often times leads us to the gray.
I think it is oxymoronic to be pro-life, pro-death penalty, and/or pro-war. I'm pro-life, anti-death penalty and I hate war. The gray matter is war is inevitably. You can avoid the other two.
The "right" wing evangelical movement does not have a monopoly on Christian values. And should Christian really have a party affiliation?