Palin opens new criticism of Obama over abortion

Gov. Sarah Palin opened a new line of attack on Sen. Obama this week on the topic of abortion, perhaps shying away from the issues of Ayers and Wright. The topic of abortion hasn’t been raised during any of the presidential or vice presidential debates recently though it was discussed heavily in the primary season, mostly by Republicans. Clearly abortion is always a read meat issue for the conservative base, especially religious conservatives.

Report from Fox News:

JOHNSTOWN, PA – Continuing her role as attack dog for the GOP ticket, Sarah Palin went after Barack Obama hard saying the Democratic nominee, “defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions.”

She told the crowd she was quoting Obama when she said, “That a woman shouldn’t have to be quote punished with a baby. Ladies and gentlemen he said that right here in Johnstown– punished with a baby. It’s about time we called him on it.”

What Obama was actually talking about was access to quality sex education and personalized it talking about his two young daughters, “But, if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.”

As she has been saying on the stump she said her criticism should not be misinterpreted, “Americans need to see his record for what it is and please it is not negative, it is not mean spirited to talk about his record.”

She continued her attacks whacking the Illinois Senator saying he “voted against bills to end partial birth abortion” while he was in the state Senate

“It was thankfully a bipartisan majority that passed legislation against that practice. Senator Obama opposed that bill. He voted against it in committee and then voted present on the Senate floor and in that legislature just so you know present is how you vote when you are against something, but you don’t want to be held to account.” Palin said, ” Obama thinks it is a constitutional right, but he is wrong.”

Video from CNN via YouTube:

Obama campaign adviser responded:

Obama Senior Adviser Anita Dunn responded to Palin’s remarks on abortion and her criticism of the Democratic nominee, “Gov. Palin’s comments today show that with this election, the right to choose hangs in the balance. On this issue, the choice is clear: While Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin will make the right to choose illegal, Sen. Obama will protect that right, while working to reduce the need for abortions and find common ground on this issue.”

The social issues such as abortion and gay marriage seem to have been largely overrun by the economy which has taken center stage at this point. During the primaries, these issues were discussed many times, along with immigration which also hasn’t been mentioned during the presidential or vice presidential debates. Remember Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparring over the “driver’s licenses for illegal aliens” issue back in the primary debates.

Question, where have these issues gone and why are they ignored now while they were big deals during the primary season?