Pro-Life Democrat Leaves Race for DNC Chair

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - The cheese stands alone: Now that Tim Roemer has bowed out of the race to be Democratic National Committee chairman, the liberal Howard Dean is a shoo-in to win his party's Feb. 12 election.

Roemer, a pro-life Democrat who formerly represented Indiana in the U.S. Congress, warned his party that it must be more inclusive and more vocal on "values" at a time when the Republican Party is ascendant.

"I got into this race five weeks ago to talk about the devastating loss we experienced in November," wire services quoted Roemer as saying. "It was not about 60,000 votes in Ohio. It was about losing 97 of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country. If that's a trend in business or politics, you're in trouble."

Roemer stood out in the field of DNC candidates because of his pro-life position and his stated desire to make his party more inclusive of pro-life Democrats.

In a December 12 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Roemer said, "I have long believed that we ought to make a home for pro-life Democrats. The Democrats that have stuck with us, who are pro-life, through their long period of conviction are people who are the kind of pro-life that we ought to have deep respect for."

Priests for Life, a national pro-life group, said Roemer's decision to drop out of the race for DNC chair should concern his party:

"Mr. Roemer's opposition to abortion rights, and his call for his party to be more inclusive of pro-life Democrats, is far more representative of grassroots Democrats than the extreme position that marks the party's official stance," Priests for Life said in a statement.

"We now call upon Mr. Dean to show grassroots Democrats how serious he is regarding making more room in the party for pro-life Democrats."

See Earlier Story:
Are Dems Ready to Elect Pro-Life Party Chairman? (12 Jan. 2005)