Anti-Abortion Allies Give Pro-Choice Obama an Edge

Pennsylvania's Casey, Indiana's Roemer help with social conservatives
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a presidential candidates forum on manufacturing in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – For a man once labeled “the most pro-abortion candidate ever,” Barack Obama has enjoyed a lift among social conservatives with support from Bob Casey and Tim Roemer—even if the fit is imperfect, the Washington Post reports. Casey, the first-term Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, says Obama “has the unique skills to … foster a sense of common ground” on reproductive rights.

Obama, in attempting to soothe foes, said, “nobody is pro-abortion—abortions are never a good thing." Influential Indianan Roemer, meanwhile, says Obama doesn’t jump to conclusions, but the presidential hopeful has often just avoided the topic, the Post notes: When asked about model Supreme Court appointments, the candidate didn’t let the words “Roe” or “Wade” cross his lips.