Senator Barack Obama is considering inviting Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey to speak at the Democratic National Convention later this month. This would be a welcome statement of inclusion those voters, Catholic and not, who support a consistent ethic of life. The Republican Party has no announced plans to allow a convention speaker in support of a consistent ethic of life. Both Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean and Catholic scholar Douglas Kmiec are encouraging a Casey speaking slot.
A speaking slot for Casey would respond to the failure to allow his father to speak at the 1992 DNConvention. That decision offended many Catholic Democrats. It has also been reference politically by some conservative Republicans who never had a single kind word to say about Casey, Sr. during his life.
Even Leonard Leo, who directed Catholic outreach for Republicans in 2004, and is an informal adviser to the party and the McCain campaign admitted that the appearance of Senator Casey on the dais at the Democratic convention would be favorably received by Catholics. “He might get a slight bump from Casey among Catholics generally" Leo said.
Leo also hinted at what many other political observers have noted, that the McCain campaign seems focused almost exclusively on mobilizing white conservative Catholics while ignoring the wide group of Catholics who feel "politically homeless", neither able to fully embrace the dominant positions of the Republican or Democratic parties. The Obama campaign, however, has reached out to these voters, often called "Common Good Catholics."