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Martin: Pro-Life Angst Increases

11:25 AM, Aug 15, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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Politico's Jonathan Martin writes that pro-life conservatives are sending strong signals to the McCain campaign that choosing a pro-choice runningmate is unacceptable.

Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee.

McCain's comments Wednesday to the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's pro-abortion rights views wouldn't necessarily rule him out quickly found their way into the in-boxes of Christian conservatives. For those who have been anxiously awaiting McCain's pick as a signal of his ideological intentions, there was deep concern that their worst fears about the Arizona senator may be realized.

Read the whole thing.

Original TWS piece is here.