Here we go, the Republican party is gearing up for next weeks Republican National Convention. Sen. John McCain is ready to announce his running mate. Conservative supporters are warning that funding and advertising support can, and will, be withdrawn if he chooses a running mate that is pro-abortion. Two of the people he is considering as a running mate are pro-choice…that is Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Pennsylvania Govenor Tom Ridge.
Of course, abortion is only one issue. There are many issues to consider such as gay rights, health care, the war and bringing home the military men and women, economy, bank failures, terrorism,foreign policy, housing market, joblessness, federal bailouts in the lending and in transportation, education, cost of living and social security issues…but, with many Democrats unhappy with the elimination of Hillary Clinton as a running mate for Sen. Barack Obama…many of her supporters have pledged their support over to John McCain. All of these issues is important to voters; but the Republican party is typically conservative. Conservatives are looking for leadership that is going to reinforce the party’s basic standards as well as provide some economic stability in the country; while at the same time, correcting some of the perceived errors in the present administration.
Also in the realm of possibility is Minnesota Govenor Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Mitt Romney…both anti-abortion proponents. With all of the difficulties since the last election, it is a little frightening to be standing on the edge of the unknown this time around.
Sen. John McCain has to be very careful about who he announces as his pick. He doesn’t want to exchange many of his supporters, with deep pockets, for those unhappy Democratic supporters. If he is wise in his choosing of a running mate…those Democrats will be additional voters not replacements for those who were supporters in the first place; it could have a big impact.
I guess we are about to find out…as it has been announced that Sen. John McCain has picked his running mate and will announce it to the American public on Friday at noon in Ohio. His running mate will get the word on Thursday! I don’t think that people have been this anxious about the political arena as they are this year…but then, most people agree…the climate in the American culture hasn’t been as critical as it seems, at this time…for a great many years. The outcome is terribly important. Let’s hope that the running mate is a pick that many can get behind without controversy taking away from the issues at hand.