Obama Dashes Hopes of Pro-Lifers With Daschle Appointment

By Susan Jones | November 20, 2008 | 5:56 AM EST

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle seen here on Capitol Hill in this April 22, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) – By tapping former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services, President-elect Obama is providing additional proof that he won’t be governing from the “middle,” a conservative advocacy group said.
“As majority leader, Daschle was a notorious opponent of every pro-life measure,” the Family Research Council said on Wednesday. “He blocked the partial-birth abortion ban, voted for taxpayer-funded military abortions, and supported a measure that would have forced Americans to pay for the distribution of the morning-after pill to young school girls.”
Aside from his “extreme” political ideology, the FRC finds it particularly troubling that Daschle lacks any expertise in the public health arena.
“To most Americans, who thought this election was about ‘change,’ these appointments must seem incredibly ironic. So far, the new Obama administration has only managed to change the titles of the same old liberal leadership,” the FRC said.
Obama’s Cabinet choices so far are “frightening,” the group said.