And So Begins the Push-Polling

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 1, 2012

This is beyond appalling:

On Wednesday Hudson also revealed that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had been making push poll phone calls in support of the president’s re-election bid. Among the questions being asked, he said, was “How can you support a ‘Mormon’ who does not believe in Jesus Christ?”

The phone banker making the call, which in this case went to a woman Hudson identifies as “the head of a pro-life committee at a parish I know” reportedly also asserted that “President Obama did not support abortion” and that Planned Parenthood “helps children get healthcare and prenatal care and does not promote abortion.” In fact, the group is one of the nation’s largest abortion providers.

All this amounts to a whispering campaign that is both dishonest about the president’s record on abortion and deviously attempts to divide the Catholic electorate on the issue of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s religion—something the Obama campaign has repeatedly promised it would not do. With the election getting closer, the comments and attacks are getting nastier. Some people, apparently, will do anything to hold on to power.

I’d very much like to hear Barack Obama address this during the first debate on Wednesday night. In fact, I will go so far as to say that it would constitute journalistic malpractice if a question regarding this ugly tactic is not asked.

  • http://twitter.com/bitterb bitterb

    I agree that Obama should personally answer for this considering that Catholics for Obama is an official coalition name used by Obama’s campaign. He either needs to denounce it and condemn any Democrat using that kind of attack, or he needs to apologize for the coalition getting out of hand if it’s anyone attached to his organization.

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