George Will: "[O]ne great conviction" of the Democratic Party "is there aren't enough abortions"June 14, 2004 11:22 AM EDT ››› SHANT MESROBIAN
On ABC News' June 13 broadcast of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, ABC News analyst and conservative syndicated columnist George F. Will claimed that the "one great conviction" of the Democratic Party "is there aren't enough abortions." Will based his assertion on a quotation that he wrongly attributed to Senator John Kerry; it was former U.S. senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) who actually made a comment similar to the one Will misattributed to Kerry.
While discussing news reports regarding Kerry's alleged interest in selecting Senator John McCain as his running mate, Will said:
WILL: It also made you realize what the Democrats really care about at the end of the day. Kerry said, "Well, I would make sure that if he [McCain] became the president he wouldn't appoint any judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade." So the Democratic Party has one great conviction and that is there aren't enough abortions.
On May 15, The New York Times reported that Bob Kerrey -- not John Kerry -- speculated about McCain as Kerry's vice presidential running mate, saying, "He [McCain] could remain a Republican, would be given some authority over selection of cabinet people. The only thing he would have to do is say, 'I'm not going to appoint any judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.'"