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McCain on Abortion: “Leave the Issue Alone”

After a series of ham-fisted, politically damaging comments about abortion ensnared Republicans running for Congress, John McCain has perhaps stated the obvious: The GOP should “leave the issue alone.”

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, the Arizona senator said the Republican Party should keep the focus on economic and national security issues. “I can state my position on abortion but, other than that, leave the issue alone,” McCain said. He skirted around whether or not that meant he supported abortion rights: “I’m proud of my pro-life position and record, but if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.”

McCain also spoke broadly about the party’s future after big losses among young and minority voters, adding: “The demographics are not on our side.”