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President Obama And Abortion: Not One Restriction

The following article was written by John McCormack at The Weekly Standard Blog:

At the end of the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan lobbed charges of extremism at one another on the issue of abortion. "The Democratic party used to say they want [abortion] to be safe, legal, and rare," Ryan said. "Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding, taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid. The vice president himself went to China and said that he sympathized or wouldn’t second-guess their one-child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. That, to me, is pretty extreme."

Biden shot back, saying that Ryan has "argued that, in the case of rape or incest, it was still — it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend." Debate moderator Martha Raddatz followed up with Ryan, asking if pro-choice Americans should be "worried" about Romney, but she didn't follow up with Biden.

In the spin room following the debate, I asked top Obama officials, as well as Planned Parenthood chief Cecille Richards, if Obama's position on abortion is as extreme as what Ryan claimed. The Obama campaign denied the president favored abortion without restriction, but top Obama officials Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, and David Axelrod could not name a single restriction the president supports.

TWS: Mr Messina, the issue of abortion came up tonight with both sides trying to paint the other as extremist. Can you say, are there any restrictions that the president supports at any stage of pregnancy on the issue of abortion?

MESSINA: Look, we have been absolute[ly] clear. I think as you saw an absolute difference between the president and Romney on this. Romney’s position has been on four different sides. But I take him at his word that he says he will be happy to sign a bill outlawing all abortions in the United States of America. That’s not our position that’s not where the American public is. And I think it’s going to be a very difficult position for them to defend in the battleground states. Swing women voters in places like Colorado and Virginia looked at that exchange tonight that you talked about and said we cannot support this guy.

TWS: So the president doesn’t support any restrictions on abortion?

MESSINA: Look, we’ve been very clear. You know our position on abortion.

TWS: No. I asked, can you say what it is?

MESSINA: Look, don’t put words in my mouth. I’ve been very clear about our position. And that’s what it is.

TWS: Can you name one restriction?

Messina ended the exchange and moved on to another question.

Stephanie Cutter also said Obama supports some restrictions on abortion, but wouldn't say what they were:

TWS: Are there any restrictions he supports at any stage of pregnancy? Or there's no restrictions whatsover? Is that the president's position?

CUTTER: No, that’s not his position.

TWS: Then can you name one restriction that he supports on abortion?

CUTTER: He has several votes on this. We can get them to you.

David Axelrod similarly ducked questions. So I turned to Cecille Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood. "There already are restrictions on the books," she told me. But does the president support any of them? Richards said she didn't know. "I haven’t spoken to him about those," she replied.

In 2003, Barack Obama was asked if he was "all situations including the late term thing?" He answered in the affirmative.

The record doesn't appear to show that the president has ever supported any restriction on abortion. He opposes the Hyde amendment, which means he favors taxpayer funding of abortion. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion. And he opposed parental consent laws. We'll let you know if the Obama team is able to come up with any evidence showing that Obama's position is anything short of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

The Cain Train's Next Scheduled Stop: Richmond For TFF Annual Gala, Polls Show More Jumping On Board

Herman Cain is on the rise, surging in the polls and now is an "upper tier" candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. You can see why more and more people are jumping on board the "Cain Train" as it makes a stop in Richmond at The Family Foundation Annual Gala this Saturday, October 8. Tickets are still available: Click here now, as space is limited. Not only will you have a chance to hear Mr. Cain, you can also meet him and have him sign a copy of his soon-to-be-released book, This is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House. The book will be available for purchase after the dinner and Mr. Cain will sign them for our guests. Autographed copies of the book are free for table sponsors and certain sponsorship levels also include the opportunity to have your picture taken with Mr. Cain. For more information, click here.

Mr. Cain* is coming to Richmond to share his remarkable story that includes rising to the top of the business world, his tenure as a pastor and stage IV cancer survival, and encourage our attendees — not as part of his presidential campaign. Nevertheless, attendees will hear from the man whose national reputation has taken off in the last few days in a furious media buzz

On the heels of his landslide victory in the Florida Republican presidential straw poll, a recent Fox News poll showed Cain had tripled his support among GOP primary voters. Now he is running practically even with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry as the top tier of contenders. Another poll indicates he's surpassed both Romney and Perry and stands alone as the front-runner.

Here are some of quotes from recent articles on Mr. Cain:

» Herman Cain may or may not win the nomination, but right now he is the center of gravity within the Republican field and all the other candidates are, after last week, being pulled into his orbit. (See RedState.com.)

» Unlike the incumbent, Herman Cain has at least twice identified the causes of a large failing enterprise, designed goals, achieved them, and by all accounts inspired the people he was supposed to lead. Not least, Mr. Cain's life experience suggests that, unlike the incumbent, he will adjust his ideas to reality. (See The Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com.)

» After a well-received debate performance last week, Herman Cain surprised everybody by finishing atop the Florida straw poll. This week, he's finally seeing traction in the polls, and now serious people are starting to take him seriously. It's far past time for us to take a closer look at Cain, who appears to be making a credible bid for top-tier status. (See TheWeeklyStandard.com.)

» This guy's the one who makes sense to me. He's a sweet man. He's not self-aggrandizing. (Talk-show host Dennis Miller, reported on Politico.com.)

Visit www.familyfoundation.org/gala to reserve tickets or sponsorships today. To purchase tickets or sponsorships by phone, or for more information, call Dan Thompson or John Downer at 804-343-0010 or e-mail gala@familyfoundation.org.

Here are the Gala details

Annual Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

October 8; private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Business Attire

* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain's appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.

Virginia News Stand: April 19, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Mostly All Virginia Edition

Today's News Stand is all Virginia, for the most part. Even The Weekly Standard'sMary Katherine Ham's feature on the use of the Internet by GOP campaigns has a lengthy portion devoted to the expertise in which Governor Bob McDonnell's campaign used new technology to find and target voters. We have a round-up of Tea Party Day across the commonwealth. Commentary also has a Virginia ledger today, with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's opinion piece making National Review Online.

News

Va. public broadcasting funds in peril (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Roxann Robinson to run for Nixon’s delegate seat (BearingDrift.com)

At UVa, Justice Scalia warns of scholars’ agendas, biases (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

How do LGBT people fare in the area? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Think tank says Virginia budget raises taxes on poor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Black Baptist pastors criticize McDonnell’s policies (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tea-party supporters rally in Richmond (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hundreds of Tea Party activists rally in downtown Norfolk (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Election plans brewing for Roanoke Tea Party (Roanoke Times)

Tea Party activists sh0w frustration at local rally (Charlottesville Daily Progress

Lynchburg tea partiers sound off on Tax Day (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Cuccinelli: I’m fighting for Constitution (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Cuccinelli opines that taxes and fees can be embedded in the state budget (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Will Marshall run for U.S. Senate in Va. again? (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

National News

Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays (Washington Post)

No hooking up, no sex for some coeds (CNN.com)

Analysis

Tea-party influence could cut two ways (Tyler Whitley/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tea partiers in two camps: Palin vs. Paul (Politico.com/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Techno-GOP (Mary Katherine Ham/The Weekly Standard)

Commentary

Unconstitutional Mandate: Virginia’s Obamacare lawsuit is about more than just health care(Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, III/National Review Online)

McDonnell is tarred by missteps (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia News Stand: September 11, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations We Post. You Decide.

Since we had a long edition yesterday, here's a brief digest of all that's fit to post. Of particular note are the three pieces in Analysis. More coverage, by John McCormack of The Weekly Standard, on Creigh Deeds' hypocrisy on the homosexual special rights issue; and Michael Barrone of the Washington Examiner and Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post duke it out over the Post's coverage of Bob McDonnell. We post the columns, you decide.

News:

McDonnell, Deeds detail plans for business (The Daily Press)

Taxes, electricity rates at issue in governor's race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell Rides Deeds on Health (Washington Post

Virginia Beach delegate's aide accused of embezzlement (Norfolk Virginian-Pliot

Landes: No Apology Necessary (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Analysis:

'Mr. Deeds does not support gay rights' (John McCormack/Washington Examiner Beltway Confidential Blog)

Is the Post's campaign to 'Macaca' McDonnell sputtering? (Michael Barrone/Washington Examiner Beltway Confidential Blog)

Learning New Steps for Doing the Macaca (Rosalind Helderman/Washington Post)

National:

GOP poised for midterm gains? Sabato's 'Crystal Ball' predicts uptick in House (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Virginia News Stand: September 10, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Setting Trends

The News Stand is back after a bit of a late summer break. After all, nothing happens this time of year, anyway, right? So, we're getting right back into it with a pretty large News Stand. Leading off is an interesting bit of news breaking about the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Senator Creigh Deeds. Seems back in the day, oh, about 10 years ago, he wrote some of his own thoughts on homosexuals. Uncovered by The Weekly Standard and reported by our friends at Bearing Drift.

But that's not all. Senator "Not Going To Run A Divisive Campaign" seems to have some out-of-control staff in Hampton Roads. Bearing Drift, again, with the details. Is this negativity a trend?

In fact, we have been e-mailed some pictures of dirty tricks in Buena Vista during the Labor Day Parade and we hope to have them up today.

Bearing Drift also has an update on several House races — let's not forget the House campaign — with a report on a negative mailer (yes, a trend) and interesting polling numbers on a seat held by a liberal Democrat in a district the GOP carries in statewide races, but which it has not been able to find traction on at the House level. Almost given up on, unexpectedly, it's back in play. A GOP pickup there would be huge. At the least, the numbers might dictate a reallocation of campaign dollars by state Dems to protect an incumbent, which would hurt their chances in other targeted districts. (By the way, congrats to BD — it's the first blog to lead off the News Stand.)

Oh, other than that? How about the budget cuts by the DNC Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine? Furloughs and layoffs for state employees and education cuts. Is this what the unions voted for four years ago?

Nationally, actress Patricia Mauceri claims she was fired from her long standing role because of her objection to her character becoming homosexual; the new civil rights movement, education choice, is drawing more attention in dramatic ways (as rights movements usually do); and the Obama administration's health care "reform" numbers are torn apart by the AP. Commentary features the always great Walter Williams and a thought-provoking piece on self-hate by Lisa Fabrizio. Meanwhile, Michael Barone and Bobby Eberle check up what passes for truth by the POTUS as well as his arrogance. 

News:

Deeds: "No Special Rights for Gays" (BearingDrift.com)

Deeds staff involved in sign defacement in Newport News? (BearingDrift.com)

Kaine: 593 layoffs, up to 15 percent college cuts (The Daily Press)

Kaine announces 593 layoffs, 2 prison closings, furloughs (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia to lay off nearly 600, Kaine says (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

House Update: Amiral tied with Miller in 87th; Comstock, Hugo, Scalley, McConville, Hyland updates (BearingDrift.com)

Mathieson negative at Labor Day — must be desperate (BearingDrift.com)

Deeds campaigns at VUU; Minn.'s Pawlenty helps out McDonnell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds TV ad pegged to McDonnell's thesis (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Scrutiny Spreads to '03 McDonnell Remarks (Washington Post)

National News:

Soap Actress Says She Was Fired Because of Religious Beliefs (FoxNews.com)

Voucher advocates face up to police (Washington Times)

Opposition to Health-Care Reform Revives Christian Right (Washington Post)

Obama disapproval on health care up to 52 percent (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis:

Be quiet America, Washington knows best (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

The Convenient Fantasies Of President Obama (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

FACT CHECK: Obama uses iffy math on deficit pledge (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary:

Inflation And Deficits (Walter Williams/GOPUSA.com)

The Limits Of Self-Hate (Lisa Fabrizio/GOPUSA.com)

Obama and The Joker  . . . So Much More than a Poster (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia's Own Jim Moran . . . "In The Long Run" We're Going To Take Everything You Own

Virginia's very own U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-8, Alexandria) has some very chilling observations about how to solve what he thinks is the selfishness of Americans who desire to keep what they earn. (See The Weekly Standard here for Moran exploding at constituents.) (Never mind that Americans are the most generous people on earth, both for domestic and international relief causes.) We just became aware of this tape, so we don't know how old it is — if it's a post-election warning or a wistful longing from long ago. Either way, it's very scary and very real now that like minded socialists will run the Congress and White House. But, hey, Virginia, we tried to tell you. We placed their own words here as did other blogs and media. We do give the redistributionists credit — they never tried to hide their intentions. Whether it was anxiety over the economic crisis or disapproval over the bailout solution, or both, voters apparently swallowed the "spread the wealth around" philosophy. So without further adieu, hear what's in store for you. (Oh, by the way, Moran's brother, Delegate Brian Moran, is a candidate for governor next year.)