Despite Obama's criticism of Washington insiders, he chose one for his vice-presidental running mate - Joe Biden (D-DE).
Biden has a 60% rating from NARAL and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. He was originally pro-life when he came to Washington but changed his views over the years. He did vote to ban partial-birth abortions, but otherwise has taken a pro-choice position.When he was running for president, he said he accepted his church teaching (Catholic) that life begins at conception but nonetheless has been a supporter of Roe v. Wade. He was active in efforts to oppose Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and curent justices Thomas, Alito and Roberts.
I doubt that he will help in Obama's quest to pick off some of those Evangelicals who take abortion as a pivotal issue. He may help some with Catholic voters but on balance his presence on the ticket is most likely designed to bolster nagging poll concerns about Obama's lack of experience.
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About Dr. Warren Throckmorton
Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge which advocates bullying prevention in evangelical churches. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author with fellow Grove City College professor, Michael Coulter, of the book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Over 200 newspapers have published his columns. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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