In the ABC interview, Obama goes on to give the answer he wishes he'd given: "What I do know is that abortion is a moral issue, that it's one that families struggle with all the time. And that in wrestling with those issues, I don't think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions.
"I think the better answer — and this was reflected in the Democratic platform — is to figure out, how do we make sure the young mothers, or women who have a pregnancy that's unexpected or difficult, have the kind of support they need to make a whole range of choices, including adoption and keeping the child."This is a much more nuanced and reflective response than the "pay-grade" comment. Obama - known for his thoughtful, circumspect answers, truly missed an opportunity here. Had the above been his answer, he could have avoided a lot of confusion and concern among the evangelical left and moderates that are eager to support him.