Today on his radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh addressed the recently raised possibility that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) could choose a pro-choice running mate. Limbaugh argued forcefully against the prospect, calling it “crap” and likening it to “committing suicide.” If McCain picks a pro-choice running mate, Limbaugh said, he “will have effectively destroyed the Republican party“:
LIMBAUGH: If he picks a pro-choice running mate, it’s not going to be pretty. […]
How about some discussion from the McCain about a conservative that can be counted on across the board, who can help lead the country in the right direction, who can help rebuild the Republican party? This is crap, what is this about picking a liberal Democrat of a liberal Republican? […]
Particularly pro-choice. If he does that. If the McCain camp does that, they will have effectively destroyed the Republican party and put the conservative movement in the bleachers. … We’re committing suicide in the midst of two events that could launch this party to sweeping victory in November. … One wrong selection as vice president can wipe all that out.
Regardless of who McCain picks, there is little doubt that his administration would be hostile to women’s rights. McCain recently declared that Roe v. Wade “should be overturned” and professes a desire to end “abortion at the state level” on his campaign website.
But McCain goes further than just attempting to deny women choice. He has “never cosponsored or supported legislation that would prevent unintended pregnancy or reduce the need for abortion.” He opposes government-funded condom distribution and voted to prohibit federally funded family-planning clinics from providing women with access to full information about their reproductive-health options. Instead, McCain is a strong supporter of abstinence-only education.
McCain and Limbaugh — while in agreement with each other — could not be further from the American people on women’s right to choose. Indeed, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 63 percent of Americans agree with the ruling in Roe v. Wade and just 14 percent of Americans believe that abortion should “always be illegal.”
Mark Halperin reports that according to “a GOP strategist,” the pro-choice former Pennsylvania governor, Tom Ridge, “is no longer being considered as McCain’s veep.” But Politico’s Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin report that Ridge is under “serious consideration,” as is Joe Lieberman.