Ken Blackwell

The very idea of such a dodge is so ludicrous for anyone who claims the title of “leader” that it left Rudy Giuliani, himself a strong and decisive leader, laughing during his prime-time speech during the Republican convention. When you elect a president, or a governor, or a mayor, you expect them to take stands, make decisions and see them through. An executive who refuses to decide will be run out of office by the voters.

Taken at their word, Messrs. Obama and Biden’s comments demonstrate they do not really understand what an executive actually does.

Contrast their statements with the responses of the Republican nominees. When asked about when life begins, instead of meandering off on some professorial monologue that ended with a dodge, Senator John McCain’s answer was two simple words: “at conception.” Even though Mr. McCain reaches out to moderate and independent voters, many of whom support abortion rights, he never equivocates on his belief that life begins at conception, and therefore that the unborn should be protected by the law.

Governor Sarah Palin’s answer is even more meaningful, because she answers with actions instead of words. She and her husband, Todd, knew their unborn baby would have Down syndrome, and they welcomed him as a wonderful gift from God.

The American people want moral clarity. They want leaders who know what they believe and are unashamed to stand on their convictions. Regardless of voters’ personal beliefs on abortion, they should prefer candidates who level with them and act according to those beliefs, rather than dodges and inconsistencies.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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