McCain: People 'Like Me' Should Leave The Abortion Issue Alone

By Jon Street | November 26, 2012 | 5:02pm EST

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said on Fox News Sunday that people "like me" should leave the abortion issue alone.

“And as far as far as young women are concerned, I don’t think anybody like me--I can state my position on abortion, but to---other than that, leave the issue alone--when we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we’re in,” McCain said.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace had asked McCain: “Does your party need to change especially in its outreach to [unmarried women, Hispanics, and young people]--on social issues like same-sex marriage, on immigration reform?

“I think we have to have a bigger tent. That's no doubt about it," said McCain. "And, obviously we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side, and we are going to have to give a much more positive agenda."

Wallace then pressed McCain: "When you say leave the issue alone, you would allow, you say, freedom of choice?"

"I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions, and I’m proud of my pro-life position and record, but if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views,” McCain said. called McCain’s press office and sent emails to ask what what exactly he meant by people "like me" when he said they should leave the issue of abortion alone.

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