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The flip-flopping Tool on choice

John McCain’s giving his opponents plenty of flip-flop ammo. In 1999, he held the position that women have the right to choose:

…in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.

Yesterday, on This Week, he has decided that he needs to wrap up the fundie vote with this reversal. (Think Progress, which has video):

MCCAIN: I don’t think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place, but I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you’d be for that?


MCCAIN: Yes, because I’m a federalist. Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court should be legislating in the way that they did on Roe v. Wade.

BTW, The Tool holds the same position on marriage equality as a lot of the Dems jockeying for position for 2008.


A further confirmation that McCain is sucking up as hard as he can to the bible beaters is that he’s hired Rev. Tinkywinky‘s debate coach at Liberty University, Brett O’Donnell to be a communications strategist. I guess he’s going to help out The Tool on messaging.

O’Donnell, who helped prepare President Bush for debates and joint appearances during the 2004 campaign, will do the same for McCain. He said he also will help McCain with his overall communications strategy.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, chancellor of the Lynchburg university, said he has not endorsed a candidate, and O’Donnell’s appointment should not be interpreted as a signal that he is backing McCain.

…O’Donnell, 42, has been Liberty’s debate coach for 17 years. He said he accepted McCain’s offer because he viewed it as a good career opportunity and because he wants to see the senator elected president.

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