"(McCain) said he was opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Now he's for overturning Roe v. Wade."
Mitt Romney on Thursday, April 26th, 2007 in Stratham, N.H.
McCain has been pretty consistent on Roe v. Wade
McCain aides almost immediately started backpedaling from McCain's words, noting that McCain misspoke when he used the phrase "even in the long term." McCain said in an interview a few months later, "I clearly misspoke there. I'm a person who's made mistakes in this campaign, and I'll continue to make mistakes. My voting record is clear, of 17 years of pro-life. I continue to hold that position, and I … continue to believe that Roe vs. Wade was a very flawed decision, as in the opinion of most experts."
In South Carolina this year, McCain said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."
We find McCain's brief remark of support falls short of a full-fledged change in position, so we rated Romney's claim Half True.
Published: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Sources:San Francisco Chronicle, August 25, 1999, "McCain's Abortion Stance Is Angering Both Sides," by Carla Marinucci ; National Right to Life ; The Associated Press, February 18, 2007, "McCain: Roe V. Wade Should Be Overturned" by Jim Davenport
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