Contrasting the Issues

17Aug08

Abortion was one topic last night at the non-debate held by Pastor Rick Warren, Barack and McCain shared the stage, albeit briefly.

Asked at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”

And then, the attempt to deflect the issue.

He went on to reiterate his view that it was important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.

McCain had no such reservations, but he had home field advantage.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who followed Obama onto the stage of the nationally televised event, was more blunt and more emphatic.

He said a baby’s human rights began “at the moment of conception … I have a 25-year pro-life record.”

Both candidates were vying for the “faith vote,” in particular the one in four U.S. adults who count themselves as evangelical.

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