McCain Weighs Pro-Choice Running Mate

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 9:20 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waves as he boards the Straight Talk Air campaign charter airplane, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, in Orlando, Fla.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – John McCain's campaign has been pitching the idea of a pro-choice running mate to key state GOP officials around the country, reports the National Review. McCain wants to know how hostile conservative grass-roots activists would be and whether he can win their support if he selects a pro-choice VP such as ex-homeland security secretary Tom Ridge.

Apparently not, if the National Review's editors are a reliable belllwether. Ridge "isn’t a conservative who happens to be pro-choice, but rather a moderate who has abandoned conservatives time and again," they contend. As for Joe Lieberman, subject of his own set of hot rumors, "On abortion, he’s just wrong."