Hill-raising women will not vote for McCain

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Mccain_welcomes_hillary_2Senator John McCain is making a cynical attempt to appeal to women voters who supported Hillary Clinton by appealing to their disappointment that Hillary will not be the Democratic Party nominee.  Cynical appeals to fear and suspicion have been part of the GOP playbook forever, and McCain will be no different, despite his pledge to run a different kind of campaign. 

In his more than 25 years as a Washington insider, McCain has never supported the issues and causes of  women.  He is antithetical to everything Democratic women believe in and for which they have spent their lives fighting for the causes of civil rights and equal rights, and the right of women to control their own medical decisions.  Many Republican women have stood with their Democratic sisters in fighting for these causes as well.  This is not  a partisan issue; it is a human rights issue.  These women are not going to turn back the clock on the hard-won progress they have achieved with a self-inflicted wound by voting for McCain.  McCain is insane if he believes this. 

I discovered this web site which lays out Planned Parenthood’s indictment of John McCain on women’s health issues DoubleSpeak with Matthew and Peter Slutsky » When it Comes to Women’s Health, John McCain is Just Plain Out of Touch which I will repost in full:

A guest post from David Greenberg, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette

John McCain is one of only a few Senators to earn a Zero percent lifetime rating from Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, and he only scored that high because the organization doesn’t have a lower rating. Let’s look at how he accomplished this.

McCain is so extremely anti-choice that he believes that Roe was wrongly decided, saying, “I do not support Roe verses Wade. It should be overturned.” (Sen. McCain, Associated Press, February 19, 2007).

He further stated, “If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the President of the United States, I pledge to you to be a loyal and unswerving friend of the right to life movement.” (Statement by Sen. McCain read by Sen. Brownback at the March for Life, Washington, DC, January 22, 2008).

Further, in an interview with George Stephanopoulous on ABC’s This Week, McCain said, “I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should, could overturn Roe v. Wade”. (January 19, 2006).

But Senator McCain is also opposed to providing birth control to prevent the need for abortion. Let’s look at his record:

He voted against requiring health care plans to cover birth control (3/22/03).

He voted against comprehensive, medically accurate sex education (7/25/06).

He voted against international family planning funding (3/14/96).

He voted against funding to prevent teen and unintended pregnancies (3/17/05).

He voted against public education for emergency contraception (3/17/05).

And he voted against restoring Medicaid funding that could be used for family planning for low-income women (3/17/05).

NPR reported (2/2/08) that, “Many Republican voters seem to believe, incorrectly, that the current Republican front-runner, Arizona Senator John McCain, supports abortion rights.”

John McCain wants us to believe that he’s a moderate who supports improving the health of women in the United States, but in fact he’s among the most extreme members of Congress who voted against common sense measures on family planning, sex education and access to basic health care.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I am so glad you wrote this column. I think the best way to work with women who passionately supported Clinton and believe it is unthinkable to vote for Obama is to honor their disappointment by not pressuring them. I tell these women I don’t agree with them but they must do what is in their hearts and minds. However, I suggest that they take a look at his record and see if that is what they really want to support. In the words of my dear, departed mother, I suggest they not “bite their nose to spite their face.”

    In addition to issues that affect women, I think we need to call their attention to other facts:

    The Keating Five episode resulted in loss of pensions for many.

    McCain is campaigning – not going to work (Senate) – and continuing to collect his salary, accruing money in his generous pension, and accepting his government health care. All of this looks to me like high class welfare! Take a look at his voting record since he has been running – he doesn’t get there to vote. But he sure could be vocal in his opposition to a new G.I. Bill of Rights for our (support the troops) veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to taking his salary without doing any work, what disturbs me are his frequent gaffs. In several instances, flanked by Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham, McCain misspoke and had to be corrected by his colleagues. Shades of Ronald Reagan – the same one Republicans deify but who was obviously and sadly “out of it” for a good part of his second term. Do thinking women really want to support that???

    I think if women – and men, too – review the facts about McCain, in the cold light of day, they may not really want to support his candidacy. Given time and not forced to defend their support of McCain, thinking women will come round.