Dear Debra, You’re wrong. John McCain is vehemently anti-choice and said he will be a “pro-life President”

Oh boy. Debra Bartoshevich is the star of a new John McCain ad. She’s a nurse and a former Clinton delegate who is voting for McCain. Yesterday, the RNC hauled Debra to Denver so she could rub it in our faces that she’s with McCain now. According to Steve Benen (who is now at Washington Montly), Debra doesn’t really know John McCain’s record. She actually thinks he’s pro-choice:

At a Denver press conference this afternoon organized by Republicans, Bartoschevich, who claims to be a pro-choice Democrat, was asked about her concerns about reproductive rights under another pro-life Republican president.

“Going back to 1999, John McCain did an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle saying that overturning Roe v. Wade would not make any sense, because then women would have to have illegal abortions,” Bartoschevich said.

This is surprisingly helpful. I’ve wondered why a pro-choice Democrat who cares about women’s rights would even consider a conservative Republican with an abysmal record on women’s rights. It turns out, the answer is pretty straightforward: she’s terribly confused.

Steve’s being kind by calling Debra “terribly confused.” Debra is getting her fifteen minutes of fame — and she’s looking like an idiot. Debra must have missed the Saddleback forum where John McCain proclaimed “I will be a pro-life president”:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLRGfNJRX40]

Hmm, will Debra admit she’s wrong? Debra should ask her new best friend about birth control, too.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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