President Obama gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame earlier today and spoke primarily about abortion and other social issues. You can find a full recap from the New York Times here.

I don’t ordinarily take note of political speeches coming from the White House, but I have to think about whether or not the President intentionally chose to speak on this topic with the fight for a judicial nominee looming. The President has been notoriously shy to speak about his views on the divisive subject and, with a nomination battle that will inevitably bring up the issue, he might have been looking to get a head-start on the debate. He spoke at length about developing a reasonable dialogue on the issue and reminded the audience that he supported the “sensible conscience clause” that would allow certain healthcare providers from promoting or facilitating abortion.

I’m not sure if it really means anything, but its definitely interesting that he chose to talk about an issue that is usually a tough subject for judicial nominees.


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