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Casey Speaks to a Changed Party

By Shailagh Murray
DENVER -- It was two lines in a speech. But Sen. Robert Casey Jr.'s reference to abortion at the Democratic National Convention tonight signaled how the party has evolved on the contentious issue.

In 1992, the Pennsylvania senator's father, the late Gov. Robert Casey Sr., was shut out of the Democratic National Convention because, Casey said, his pro-life views conflicted sharply with the pro-choice position of the party's nominee, Bill Clinton (Casey also wasn't a Clinton fan). His son, a freshman senator, shares his father's views but is an enthusiastic supporter of Sen. Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion," Casey told the delegates. "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."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 26, 2008; 10:00 PM ET
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outside the box: Will you vote for Obama in November?

Posted by: jim | August 27, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Shailagh, I expect better from you. You know very well that Bob Casey was not allowed to speak because he was very outspoken in his opposition to Bill Clinton's nomination. At your wedding reception, would you allow your husband's ex to give a speech on what a lousy choice you are?

Posted by: Stav | August 27, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

grow up CHRIS... Casey senior was shut out because he did not support the nominee,

it had NOthing to do with abortion,,, casey was pouting because his campaign for presidency got ZERO traction

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

For the commenter with their little exercise in shady intellectual dishonesty, Casey, Sr. was shut out because of his views on abortion. Other pro-lifers spoke, but none of them gave the kind of speech Casey wanted to concerning abortion. Can you even name the speakers? They were not the vocal and elevated voices that Governor Casey was.

Additionally, it's not like Jerry Brown, angry nominee who also disliked Clinton, or his sister, who also spoke at the convention and did not support the ticket, were denied speaking opportunities.

I don't understand why so many Democrats are against any concept that there are and were pro-lifers in the party. Prior to 1992, where the DNC platform took a sharp turn on issues of choice (look at the quasi-bylines reproductive rights occupied in previous platforms, starting in 1976, and how they left room for pro-life philosophy at the time). The party was also mad at Casey for 1992's Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, thanks to Pennsylvania's Abortion Control Act that Casey pushed through the PA legislature in 1989.

Know your facts before you start repeating this current fiction that Casey was denied for other reasons. The DNC wasn't always the unequivocal champion of reproductive rights, it only became that after 1992.

Posted by: Anonymous Part II | August 27, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"In 1992, the Pennsylvania senator's father, the late Gov. Robert Casey Sr., was shut out of the Democratic National Convention because, Casey said, his pro-life views conflicted sharply with the pro-choice position of the party's nominee, Bill Clinton (Casey also wasn't a Clinton fan)."

Cute. I notice Ms Murray neglects to mention the several anti-abortion speakers at that same convention. It seems that might undermaine Mr Casey's contention rather effectively. I wonder why she left that out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The Acronym GOP is suddenly so descriptive - especially when considering the same old policies being romanced by that funny old f*rt John McCain.
At least young Paris hit the nail on the head when describing the old wrinkle.

Grand OLD Party . OLD Ideas . And a FOF !

Posted by: Richard Donaldson-Alves | August 27, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Changed Party... Party of.... Can't Change. Come on. http://www.bop-o-rama.com

McCain 379.705 Obama 808,886

I do not think Casey's speech mattered.

Posted by: acarponzo | August 27, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

As Atrios says Zombie lies fron a lazy reporter. I am not shocked it is from yawnie mc yawn. Bob Casey Sr was not denied a speaking slot in 1992 because of his anti-female views. Do some research next time.

Posted by: Greg in LA | August 27, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Good for Bob Casey and good for Barack Obama. I am pro-choice but I respect Casey's opinion. I am happy that the two are friends and can prove that Democrats can move beyond one issue.

Posted by: Sam | August 26, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The Real Meaning of Hillary's History-Making Speech:

HILLARY SAYS VOTE FOR BARACK.

HILLARY SAYS THE FATE OF THE NATION IS IN PLAY.

BUT SHE ALSO HAS TOLD US BARACK CAN'T WIN.

READ THE CODE, NOT THE LIPS.

VOTE HILLARY!

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 26, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I believe Casey was blocked from any PrimeTime appearance back in 1992.
Not only was he "not a fan" of Clinton, Casey refused to endorse him.

Shalaigh, how many proIRA people speak at Rev Ian Paisley's church?

Posted by: Fred | August 26, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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