August 20th, 2008
04:00 PM ET

Conservative morals at risk in VP pick

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Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, to Senator John McCain in response to news reports that he may select a pro-life vice presidential running mate. What are your thoughts?

Dear Senator McCain:

The buzz in recent days has been that some of your key aides were calling national and state GOP leaders to alert them to the possibility that you were seriously considering a pro-abortion running mate and to take their temperature on such a selection.

As Dan Henninger of the Wall Street Journal asked: Are you politically "stupid" or do you care little for conservative principles?

It also shows that you don't understand why the Republican brand has taken a massive beating in recent years. You clearly don't comprehend why millions of conservatives are off the Republican reservation and sitting on the political sidelines.

Your indication that you're willing to put a person who has a clear, unequivocal pro-abortion record within a heartbeat of the presidency is alarming.

Pro-life conservatives understand that, to change the laws to protect innocent life, first and foremost, we need good, articulate leadership - from the president and vice president.
To put it as simply and clearly as I can, most Republican leaders at the national and state level have betrayed, abandoned, and sold out the principles that define conservatism. Talk of selecting a pro-abortion liberal Republican (Tom Ridge) or, even worse, a pro-abortion liberal Democrat (Joe Lieberman) drives the Republican brand lower and lower.

Your apparent interest in selecting a running mate who is out of sync ideologically with the vast majority of conservatives reinforces the image of the Republican Party as a party without principle and dedicated to one proposition above all others – the seeking, acquiring, obtaining, and holding onto power.

Senator McCain, you are exceedingly proud of being a political maverick – you wear it as a badge of honor.

Well, poke the base of the Republican Party – the conservatives – in the eye one more time by choosing a pro-abortion vice presidential candidate and conservatives will show you that two can play the maverick game.

Conservatives are people with proudly held principles. We're now waiting to see if you share our principles.

Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Filed under: Raw Politics
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    How can McCain on one hand say his administration will be pro-life all the way and then on the other hand pick a VP who is pro-choice. That would be pandering at its worst and I certainly hope he doesn't do it. The candidates need to be careful that in trying to pick up some of the undecided voters they don't do something that will lose them voters who have already decided for them.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  2. Fran, Lanham, MD

    Meg Whitman, who has been mentioned numerous times by numerous sources, would be a brilliant choice. I think if he goes the businesswoman route, however, he's going with Carly Fiorina.

    August 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm |
  3. Gina - Missouri

    It doesn't matter who McCain picks as VP, he is still too out of touch with the middle class to make many of us vote for him...

    August 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  4. Sharon from Indy

    The conservatives must be "pulling on their collars" to become so blunt with John McCain. I believe they see the reign of the conservative Right Wing coming to an end.

    Pulling the "pro-life" wedge issue for the possible VP choice has nothing to do with morality of the Republican Party; it is about setting up the voters to vote solely on this particular wedge issue. It's a dirty little ploy to manipulate voters to continue the Right Wing agenda. The righteousness of the RNC is a propaganda mushroom that has clearly turned into a toadstool.

    August 20, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  5. Dani, Seattle

    Bush has interfered with EVERYTHING, and McCain ain't gonna change a thing, except start a new war. What morals?? These people would sell the mother for the highest bid. I'm talking about anyone that's been in congress for at least fifteen years or more.

    August 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  6. Joy in Seattle

    I still think all the noise about a pro-choice running mate is to deflect attention from who McCain is seriously considering. It is a diversion which people are falling for.

    I just don't think McCain is foolish enough to completely alienate the majority of the Republican party just to get the independant voters. Not all independants are pro-choices either!

    Repulicans absolutely will lose the election in November if we have a pro-choice and more liberal VP choice. McCain has to go more conservative than he is if he wants to actually get the win.

    August 20, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  7. Presley

    The villagers are not happy with Good Ol' boy McCain.
    Public ultimatums ARE NOT a good idea. But it is doing what they wanted, you guys posted it here, they want air time, here it is.
    Fine, let them sit on the sidelines, I'll happily pick up the slack as will others. No, I'm soooo not conservative but hey, they want to give it up, there are plenty of us more than willing to take their place. Is that what they really want? Think about Mr & Mrs Conservative.
    Besides, McCain is taking risks, he is being rewarded and might try to ride it out, I'm still thinking he is going to pull a VP choice that will shock EVERYONE!

    August 20, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  8. Doug

    The only thing McCain really need concern himself with at this time is getting someone with a strong financial background to offset his few shortcomings. The alternative to conservatives sitting on the fence is to have a socialist government in the U.S. with Barry Hussein, Nancy Pelosi et al. Do Americans really want the kind of government they have so long eschewed, with more government interference in daily life and guaranteed higher taxes for those who can least afford them. The only two logical choices are Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney, but McCain will do of his own choosing, as it should be, do or die.

    August 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  9. Peartree from NC

    Mccain for president. I think not. You are a war munger. bring our troops home. we should have ever been there anyway. Send our troops were they are needed. Not were these corperate monsters want to make money. ANGRY VET. Bring us home OBAMA 08'

    August 20, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  10. Pat

    I thought I had heard everything regarding this Campaign but "Conservatives are people with proudly held principles," this takes the cake! Principles and Conservattives should not be in the same sentence. I will say not more for fear of crossing the Danger Zone!

    August 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  11. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Get real. The party won't let him pick a pro-choice VP and commit political suicide. They also won't allow the conservative base to be lost to Obama or a third party. They have too much to lose this November. Love the bullying tone of the letter, though. Maybe this guy needs to read his own Bible and learn about real Christian values. The hypocrisy is hilarious.

    August 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  12. Stacy

    Why are conservative morals defined by one issue?

    August 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  13. Jim

    get ready for a big surprise. Mc Cains V.P. pick Meg Whitman!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  14. Michael J. Arch

    That comes as no surprise... morality rests on an individual level. A personal connection, with freedom, and free will to decide if humans want that connection or if they desire none.

    This is the reality of ' The freedom of religion act. ' We The People have the freedom to decide over the matter of religion. Besides the realities of the past failures showing that being in religion does not means much into the realities of the condition of a Nation.

    Corrupt religious theories start wars. Governments clean up the mess in the name of peace and security.

    August 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Oh...this is quite the funny letter. Who does this Viguerie guy think that he is? When he can get enough people behind him to become the Rep nominee for president then he can talk...otherwise I could care less what he says.

    Who ever McCain picks as his VP is his choice. He has never bowed to the party or did anything just to please them. People knew that when he first ran for this office yet he still made it to be the nominee. So people knew ahead of time what they were in for.

    No matter who he picks the conservatives will go and vote for him because look at the alternative. Obama is worse on conservative issues than McCain ever thought of being.


    August 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm |