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Bob Casey Jr. didn’t devote much of his primetime convention speech last night to abortion (he told God-o-Meter as much before taking the stage) but he did mention it:

Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion. 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.I know Barack Obama. And I believe that as president, he’ll pursue the common good by seeking common ground, rather than trying to divide us. We are strongest when we are together. And there has never been a more important time to devote ourselves to common purpose.

Those lines echo the recent innovation in the Democratic platform’s abortion language: a subtle shift toward welcoming pro-lifers into the party, at least rhetorically. Will these baby steps add up in the eyes of voters who oppose unlimited access to abortion?Here’s video:7

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