Obama is getting hit on abortion from all sides now. First it was National Right to Life. Then Sarah Palin over the weekend. Now? The Family Research Council Action PAC will begin running TV commercials targeting Obama and abortion.
The Brody File has an exclusive look here.
This is a 100,000 ad buy and will run in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Michigan and in the Washington DC TV market. A source at the Family Research Council tells me the following:
“We are responding directly to the Matthew 25 campaign - running TV and Radio ads in the same markets targeted by Matthew 25.”
As you may know, the Matthew 25 PAC is supporting Obama and has aired pro-Obama Christian themed messages on the radio and TV.
As for the Freedom of Choice act cited in the FRC ad, The Brody File has provided links for you to research it yourself. Obama speaking about the Freedom of Choice Act is here.
Read the bill here.
You can get FRC’s take on the legislation here.
The take by pro-choice advocates is here.
The Brody File believes both sides should be presented.
This “Freedom of Choice Act” criticism of Obama has been out there for awhile among conservative activists but unless you are really paying attention to politics my guess is many voters may not know about those remarks at Planned Parenthood. Will this type of ad be enough to get conservative Christians out of the pews and to the voting booth? McCain needs serious Evangelical turnout in places like Ohio and needs some help from conservative Catholics in Pennsylvania. Yes Sarah Palin has energized many Evangelicals but McCain is going to need those undecided Evangelicals. He needs to get his Evangelical support numbers in the high 70’s. That would be nice for the campaign and this ad may help.
Having said that, polling shows that people are much more concerned in 2008 with pocketbook issues and the economy. It doesn’t mean the abortion issue isn’t important but the gloomy economic outlook makes this hot button abortion ad an unknown when it comes to whether or not it will really motivate people to the polls.