Republicans are slowly waking up. They don’t have demographics on their side, and it burned them in the recent election cycle. John McCain, who was a major campaigner for Mitt Romney, seems to have come to a slow understanding of that fact. On Fox News Sunday this morning (November 25), McCain went on the record, stating:
I think we have to have a bigger tent, that’s no doubt about it. Obviously, we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side and we’re going to have to give a much more positive agenda. It can’t be just being against the Democrats and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You’ve got to be for things. And we have to give them something like the  Contract with America that we gave them some years ago. And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don’t think anybody like me — I can state my position on abortion, but other than that, leave the issue alone.
When host Chris Wallace questioned him on choice, “You would allow people to have freedom of choice?” he was evasive, however, saying that, “I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions,” McCain replied. “I’m proud of my pro-life position and record. But if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.”
Here’s the video, courtesy of Raw Story:
Notice, by the way, that while he mentions immigration reform and young women, he completely dodges the question regarding same-sex marriage. That’s interesting, because with four more states recognizing the right to equality, it appears that if you want to court the youth vote you’ll have to be on the right (well, left) side of history on this one. I guess only some concessions will be made in the battle for human rights.