He was cruising along in the question-and-answer format, when a woman asked his view on abortion, but what he said surely did not please his pro-life supporters:
"Look, I've got two daughters -- 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
Obama's formulation raised the hackles of evangelical leaders across the country, including Richard Land, who said, "Pro-lifers don't see a child as punishment." Obama's approach to a hypothetical problem contrasted sharply with the way his Republican vice presidential opponent, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, subsequently handled a "real-life " situation. Shortly after Obama's town hall comments in Pennsylvania, Palin announced that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant, would give birth to the baby and would marry the father.
Novak surmises that McCain missed a big opportunity in his debates with Obama in failing to ask him if he really believes the birth of a baby is a punishment. I agree. Such a thought has never entered my mind. Indeed, Obama's indifference to infanticide was apparent in his opposition as an Illinois state senator to legislation protecting the life of an unborn fetus in those rare cases where a fetus is born alive as a result of a late term abortion procedure. Beneath the facade, I believe Obama is as cold-hearted of a person as you could know. This is a man whose disappointment with his own mother led him to choose not to visit her as she lay dying in a hospital bed of cervical cancer. This is a man who travelled to Kenya to visit his father's native land, to promote his future presidential bid and to make promises to assist the impoverished country, while not offering a dime to his penniless, half brother living in a hut there. His attitude towards life in general says much about his character. He talks a good game in the abstract, but he falls far short in practice.