Florida Pro-Life Senate Candidate Rubio Defeats Pro-Abortion Crist

State   Steven Ertelt   Nov 2, 2010   |   9:10PM    Tallahassee, FL

In a victory that will inspire pro-life Hispanics across the country, pro-life Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio captured the Florida Senate seat.

He won the contest that pitted him against pro-abortion Governor Charlie Crist and pro-abortion Rep. Kendrick Meek in a race that saw Crist launched an independent bid after Rubio defeated him in the Republican primary.

With 57 percent of the vote counted, Rubio received 51 percent, compared with 29 percent for Crist and 19 percent for Meek. The results make it clear that, even if Democrats had been successful in getting Meek o drop out of the race, Rubio would have earned a majority of the vote.

Crist claimed to be a pro-life advocate but lost those credentials when he vetoed a pro-life bill that would have allowed women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion.

He furthered the loss of his pro-life credentials when he ran a television commercialblasting Rubio’s pro-life views.

“I’m fighting to stop Marco Rubio’s extremist agenda to roll back Roe v. Wade and cut your Social Security,” Crist said in the commercial.

The reference was made to the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy and has resulted in more than 52 million abortions since 1973.

The bill would have also exempted the state from some of the abortion funding in the government-run health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law.

Then, in a move to set up an ad of this nature against Rubio, Crist scrubbed his web site of any mention of his supposedly pro-life views or opposing abortion.

The other problem for Crist is that he’s changed his abortion position so many times for political gain that he has nothing left in his campaign playbook other than to accuse his main opponent of being an “extremist.”

In the March 2010 debate with Rubio during the Republican primary, Crist tried to sell himself as a pro-life candidate, saying he’s “strongly pro-family and pro-life and has made these issues a priority throughout his career of public service.”

But footage the Rubio campaign unearthed at the time shows Crist in 1998 saying he is firmly for abortion. The footage the Rubio campaign provided LifeNews.com showed Crist engaged in a debate with Sen. Bob Graham during a Senate campaign. Florida voters see a younger Crist passionately articulating his views for abortion.

Rubio criticized Crist for the veto of the pro-life bill, saying “Once again, Charlie Crist has put politics ahead of principled policy-making. Not only would this commonsense measure have provided women with vital information as they make a critical decision, but now Governor Crist’s veto also clears the way for taxpayer funding of abortion in Florida.”

“This veto will now make it harder for Florida to fight Obamacare, since the bill would have enabled our state to opt out of the abortion coverage mandate in the federal health care law,” he added.

“Even those who agree with the outcome of the Governor’s decision should be alarmed that an issue as serious and deserving of sober deliberation as this one was treated in such a calculating, political manner. Florida deserves a U.S. senator who will think issues through and let principles, not the politics of the moment, guide their decisions. Not surprisingly, his latest decision is only the latest in a long litany of examples in which Charlie Crist has broken his word to Floridians,” Rubio said.

In 2006, there were 95,586 abortions performed in Florida.