Well, here we go again — a candidate contradicts what the records claim is true. If the candidate is correct, the records are forgeries and should be exposed as such. Or the candidate is deliberately misrepresenting his position for political gain. But either way, name-calling doesn’t accomplish much, Senator, as Amanda Carpenter notes:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is harshly accusing a pro-life group of “lying” about his record on abortion as a Illinois state senator, despite compelling evidence on the pro-lifers’ side.
Obama made the aggressive attack when Christian Broadcasting Network Senior National Correspondent David Brody asked Obama about documentation the National Right to Life Committee recently obtained of a 2003 committee vote on “born alive” legislation that would have required medical officials to give life-saving care to babies who survived abortion.
Obama has said again and again he voted against versions of that bill as an Illinois state senator because it did not include language to protect Roe v. Wade, as the federal version did which sailed through the U.S. Senate 98-0. The committee report, however, shows a 10-0 vote in favor of an amendment to add the same language to protect abortion rights that was added to the federal bill. That same committee report subsequently shows Obama voting the kill the bill in a “final action” vote.
Douglas Johnson, NRLC’s legislative director wants Obama to apologize to his group or prove the documents they obtained are erroneous. Obama must “either declare the newly discovered documents to be forgeries and call for an investigation of the forgery, or admit that he had misrepresented his record on the live-born infants legislation (not just once, but for four years), and apologize to those he’s called liars,” Johnson told Townhall in an email.
Seems simple enough. Either Obama voted for infanticide or didn’t. If he didn’t, the records the group believes it has are forgeries (a-la CBS and Bush’s military records), or Obama doesn’t recall the vote exactly as it happened, or knows what happened, and is trying to appear much more moderate than his pro-abortion all-the-time record indicates.
But simply calling the group liars doesn’t help to clear up the situation. Are the documents forgeries or not Senator?
UPDATE: From the New York Sun, Obama flip-flops again:
“They have not been telling the truth,” Mr. Obama said. “And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying.”
He added that it was “ridiculous” to suggest he had ever supported withholding lifesaving treatment for an infant. “It defies common sense and it defies imagination, and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive,” he said in the CBN interview.
But after rigorous defense of the untruth for years, throw another position under the bus — here comes the flip-flop:
His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law.
In addition to the outrage from abortion opponents, a five-minute YouTube video now making the rounds highlights Mr. Obama’s opposition to the legislation. The clip, which has been viewed more than 230,000 times, features a testimonial from Jill Stanek, a former nurse who spearheaded the push for the bill in Illinois after witnessing a live infant discarded and left to die at the hospital where she worked.
The Obama camp continued misstating the facts even after the proof came out. Only after it’s obvious Obama failed to speak anything resembling the truth do they finally retract their original staunch defense of the absurdity and admit what they’ve been saying all along is … well … ummm … totally untrue.
Now you know who the “folks” are that were lying. (View the original documents yourself and see how the votes were recorded.)
Obama — pro-abortion, all the time (even if a baby survives and is born alive). What’s strange is after a baby is born, the idea it’s the woman’s choice about her body doesn’t exist anymore. So why be against legislation which doesn’t change the pro-abortion position, but protects innocent children?
We won’t call him a liar, but it’s another quick-reversal flip-flop with a full twist, just after he called people liars who were actually telling the truth. If Obama knew his claims were false (and just hoped he wouldn’t get caught), he’s represents not the hope of the future, but the worst of old-school politics. If he didn’t know his claims were false, he doesn’t have a firm enough grasp of the truth to be President, as he can’t even remember how he voted on critical issues.
With so many flip-flops, corrections, reversals, and “clarifications” issued by Obama, can you count on anything he says?