The Greenville News - Democratic Leader Slams Palin
State party chairwoman says criterion is "she hasn't had an abortion"
The presidential campaign in South Carolina took another sharp turn Wednesday when the state Democratic Party chairwoman said John McCain's running mate's "primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion."
Carol Fowler's comment in an interview with a political news Web site drew strong rebukes from state GOP Chairman Katon Dawson and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of McCain's inner circle.
Graham, in a conference call with reporters, said he was "shocked and surprised (Fowler) would say such a thing. It's very uncharacteristic of Mrs. Fowler to say something this out of bounds.
"It has more to do with the fact that our Democratic colleagues are in a meltdown mode over Gov. Palin. She's a talented, reform-minded, conservative female governor who has, I think, thrown our opponents for a loop in terms of how to engage the McCain-Palin ticket."
Had a Republican made a similar comment, Graham said, "There would be a firestorm of monumental proportions."