October 19th, 2007
10:22 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain tells conservatives he always opposed abortion

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain was first of the Republican candidates to address the so–called Value Voters summit – and his appeals for social conservative support included this:

"I have been pro-life my entire public career. I believe I am the only major candidate in either party who can make that claim."
But McCain's remarks as delivered were missing some of the words in the prepared remarks distributed by his campaign.
In discussing his opposition to abortion, McCain told the gathering: "You need only examine my public record to know that I won't ever change my position."

In the prepared remarks, that line went on to include the phrase "to fit the politics of the day" — a clear swipe at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who has changed his position and now opposes abortion rights.

McCain also opted against delivering these lines that were at the end of his prepared text: "This is not the time to turn our back on the progress we've made on the issues that matter most. The voters who have offered their support to the Republican Party for decades deserve the chance to unify around a candidate who has demonstrated a consistent commitment to the values that are the reason for that support. I would like to be that candidate. I have a record that can be trusted."

Related video: Watch a clip from the Value Voters Summit

– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. CJ, Richmond, VA

    Wow, CNN, you really don't try to hide your bias, do you?

    "Sen. John McCain was first of the Republican candidates to address the SO-CALLED Value Voters summit..."

    "Democrats moved to kill their effort, but Republicans won a key 52-42 vote — SEEPING WITH PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS—..."

    October 19, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Steve, Lyons, CO

    What a complete and utter wuss this chickencrap jerk has turned into.

    His "record" he brags about is that of a moderate turned, not just conservative, but stupidly far-right. His Bush butt-kissing shows a man either being blackmailed, or paid, to support a lunatic.

    Cluck like a chicken, McCain.

    October 19, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Jonathon, Downey, CA

    John McCain said that he is the only "major" candidate who has opposed abortion from the beginning of his public career. He seems to have conveniently excluded Ron Paul from his mental list of major candidates–even though Ron Paul raised as much money as McCain did last quarter and has almost twice as much money in the bank. Essentially, he is dismissing all the candidates whose poling numbers are lower than his as unelectable. It's disappointing that someone who claims to be a "straight talker" doesn't talk straight.

    October 19, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. JW Fort Lauderdale FL

    McCain is a flip flopper and a wack job I can't believe any republican would support him, he seems very frail and not a good commander and chief, plus he just is not believable. Now that Brownback is out, Tancredo and Mccain will not be far behind.

    October 19, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Linda - Albany, NY

    It's easy to be against abortion when you don't have a uterus and are unable to get pregnant due to the horrible actions of rape and/or incest.

    I think someone needs to get their head out of their arse.

    October 19, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    So, McCain opposes abortion...well, I oppose McCain. Right on McCain...send women in this country back to the days of coat hangers.

    October 19, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. laurinda.,ny

    People don't care what he has to say anymore. Roe vs Wade is there and it should stay. Unless of course he wants to open up thousands of homes for abandoned, unwanted or neglected babies.

    October 19, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Heather, Nashville, TN

    Why would we allow the government to have control of our bodies? Are they saying that those who are victims of rape or incest should be forced to keep the child? Besides if you take away this option for women to have abortions in clean places with real doctors you're only forcing them to seek abortions away from a sterile environment. Yes I am a Christian but I also believe you can't force your beliefs upon anyone else. Even God gives us freewill to make our own decisions....

    October 19, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. ADSUTTON, CLAREMONT, CA

    MCCAIN BELIEVES A MAMMAL MALE CREATOR, SAID TO BE MOTHERLESS, COULD HAVE AN UMBILICUS HE COULD DUPLICATE IN MOTHERLESS MYTHIC ADAM AND EVE, JEWS, CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN THAT IMPOSSIBLE BELLY-BUTTON. ALL THREE COMPETE FOR TITHERS WHO PAY CLERICS WHO CREATE, COLLECT AND CONSUME "COSTS OF WORSHIP." HIS BAN ON ABORTION IGNORES ROE V WADE, PART OF CIVIL LAW HE SWORE TO UPHOLD. BODIES OF MALES NEVER SUFFER IRREVERSIBLE CHANGES CAUSED BY PREGNANCY, CHILDBEARING AND LACTATION. INCEST AND RAPE ARE TORTURE, AS IS BEING FORCED TO CARRY FORWARD IN THE GENE POOL THE DNA OF OBVIOUSLY INFERIOR MALES, HOW MUCH DAMAGE IT STILL DOES–UNSHAKEABLE BELIEF IN THAT IMPOSSIBLE BELLY-BUTTON.

    October 19, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. FT, Carthage, TN

    Nobody cares John. Time to go back in your cage since you are fine with torture anyway.

    October 19, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. enough

    he was alright in 2000 but now ,just still believe's we can win that war.which isnt even a war.oh Mr. Mcain..hell be another decider,no way,go home.

    October 20, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  12. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine

    The only problem is Mr. McCain, right wing voters are more concerned about healthcare and Iraq than abortion and gay rights these days. Check the polls.

    October 20, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |