Obama Equates Conservative Republican to Terrorist Bomber
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Barack Obama throws his “friend” Tom Coburn under the bus with his white grandmother.
“Uniter” Barack Obama compared conservative Republican Senator Tom Coburn to Weather Underground terrorists when asked about his connections to unrepentant terrorist William Ayers.
Power Line and The New York Times has the transcript:
George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about ["the kind of manufactured issue that our politics has become obsessed with and, once again, distracts us from what should be my job when I’m commander in chief”].
This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.
The fact is, is that I’m also friendly with Tom Coburn, one of the most conservative Republicans in the United States Senate, who during his campaign once said that it might be appropriate to apply the death penalty to those who carried out abortions.
Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn’s statements? Because I certainly don’t agree with those either.
So this kind of game, in which anybody who I know, regardless of how flimsy the relationship is, is somehow — somehow their ideas could be attributed to me — I think the American people are smarter than that. They’re not going to suggest somehow that that is reflective of my views, because it obviously isn’t.
Senator Tom Coburn is a staunch supporter of Life and includes this on his website:
As a practicing physician, I have dedicated much of my life to protecting the sanctity of life at all of its stages. I have had the privilege of delivering more than 4,000 babies in my career. I also have faced the challenge of helping many terminal patients approach the end stages of life with dignity and peace.
My experience as a physician has affirmed my conviction that all human life is sacred and that life begins at conception. I oppose abortion in all cases, with the lone and rare exception of when the life of the mother is endangered. I also oppose physician assisted suicide and human cloning.
And… As for what Senator Coburn actually said- Barack Obama stretched the truth on this.
From an earlier PBS interview:
Coburn answered that “while abortion is not against the law now, if it were, states could use death penalty laws to punish the taking of innocent life.”
“I believe when we take innocent life intentionally, except to save lives, that we are violating moral law,” Coburn said. “Now, I understand what the law is. My hope would be that we would get back to a time when we recognize the value of life, and I think we’re not.”
Coburn also admitted to performing two abortions himself to save the lives of mothers who had congenital heart disease.
The words and actions of Senator Coburn are clearly a far cry from unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. But, this didn’t stop the the Senate’s most liberal member from equating Coburn’s words with terrorist Ayer’s bombs.
The Volokh Conspiracy has more on this comparison by Obama.
UPDATE: Jules Crittenden has more lunacy on Ayers.