Casey Invokes Abortion Differences With Obama

By Arnab Datta

Aug 26, 2008 9:32pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Rigel Anderson report:  The economy was the topic of Sen. Bob Casey’s, D-Pa., Tuesday night address to the Democratic National Convention.

But the two sentences he uttered on abortion are likely to get the most attention.

“Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion,” said Casey. “But the fact that I’m speaking here tonight is testament to Barack’s ability to show respect for the views of people who may disagree with him.”

Casey is the son of the late Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey.

The elder Casey, a Democrat who also held strong anti-abortion views, was denied a speaking role at the party’s 1992 convention — a perceived snub that has long been a flashpoint in the party’s wrangling over how to handle the abortion rights debate on the national stage.

Casey invoked that “dark night” while campaigning for the U.S. Senate two years ago.

Speaking at The Catholic University of America on Sept. 14, 2006, Casey said the 1992 Democratic National Convention "insulted the most courageous pro-life Democrat in the land, who asked that those who believed in the right to life be accorded the right to speak."

In his 2006 speech, the younger Casey also took conservatives to task for being too narrow in their pro-life views.

"If we are going to be pro-life,” said Casey, “we cannot say we are against abortion … and then let our children suffer in broken schools.

“We can’t claim to be pro-life," he added, "at the same time we are cutting support for Medicaid, Head Start or the Women, Infants and Children’s Program."

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