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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2008

McCain's Attempt to Re-Invent is Not Credible When it Comes to the Supreme Court and Anti-Choice Judges

Washington, D.C. - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding Sen. John McCain's contradictory statements to an Associated Press reporter yesterday afternoon on the type of Supreme Court justices he would nominate as president. 

"Just like Sen. McCain flip-flopped on a host of issues to win the support of hard core conservatives in the primary, it is interesting to see him now use the issue of judicial nominees and abortion to try to resurrect the moderate maverick image he has so carefully cultivated to appeal to pro-choice independent and Republican voters," Keenan said. "Unfortunately for Sen. McCain, his record speaks for itself:  125 anti-choice votes out of the 130 he has cast during his 25 years in Washington.

"Further, one of McCain's supporters - arch-conservative, anti-choice Gary Bauer - has said that the reason he supported McCain in 2000 over George W. Bush is because he promised to appoint only 'pro-life' justices.

"NARAL Pro-Choice America will make sure that general election voters know about the REAL McCain (www.MeetTheRealMcCain.com) and his promise to appoint anti-choice justices like those he's supported in the past:  Robert Bork, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.  Sen. McCain can try to deceive voters with his wink-and-nod language about strict constructionists, but his record and previous comments speak for themselves."

While talking to an Associated Press reporter yesterday afternoon, Sen. McCain stated he would not grill nominees on where they stand on abortion, but he said "I will approve nominees that in my view have a record of straight interpretation of the Constitution of the United States."

But in a May 2005 article that ran in The New Yorker, Gary Bauer - a social conservative politician who endorsed McCain in his 2000 presidential bid - is quoted as saying, "I wanted a commitment from either George Bush or John McCain that if elected he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court... Bush said he had no litmus test, and his judges would be strict constructionists. But McCain, in private, assured me he would appoint pro-life judges." 

For more information on McCain's anti-choice record, please click here: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/assets/files/mccain_fact_sheet.pdf  

Contact:
Samantha Gordon, 202.973.3032


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