Former Republican presidential candidate and current United States Senator John McCain told reporters this morning that politicians should stop pushing the issue of abortion.
McCain explained to Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday that he believes that there are more pressing matters in the nation.
“I can state my position on abortion, but other than that, leave the issue alone,” he said, “when we are in the kind of economic situation, and frankly, national security situation we’re in.”
When asked whether he would allow abortion to continue in America, after a slight laugh, McCain replied that he would.
“I would allow those opinions and respect those opinions,” he said. “I’m proud of my pro-life position and record, and if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.”
McCain had also outlined during the interview that he believes Republicans need to be more positive in projecting their stance on national matters, instead of stating what they are against.
“I think we have to have a bigger tent,” he said. “It can’t be just being against the Democrats, and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You’ve got to be for things. And we have to give them something like the  Contract with America that we gave them some years ago.”
“And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely,” he said, referring to abortion.
McCain ran for president in 2008 against Barack Obama, but lost in the electoral college 365 to 173. Despite his claims, many did not believe that McCain’s record proved him to be pro-life.
“John McCain openly embraces embryonic stem cell research. In 2000, he boldly said he did not favor the overturn of Roe v. Wade. John McCain was a member of the infamous ‘Gang of 14’ senators from both parties whose purpose was to oppose pro-life, strict constructionist judges,” wrote Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin during the 2008 presidential election. “Still today, John McCain believes that babies who are conceived via rape or incest should be murdered. I remind readers, however, that there are no ‘exceptions’ in the womb, only babies.”