Republicans hope to take back the Senate in the 2014 elections. Pro-life advocates need that to happen in order to have any shot of repealing or scaling back abortion-funding Obamacare, de-funding Planned Parenthood or passing pro-life legislation.
Standing in their way will be pro-abortion Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, who was named today to head the Demcorats’ 2014 election efforts with regard to keeping the pro-abortion party’s control on the Senate.
National Journal has more:
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, has agreed to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in a move that keeps much of the party’s leadership infrastructure in place for the coming cycle.
DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil, Bennet’s former aide and friend, will also remain in his job this cycle, a decision that influenced the senator’s decision.
“Michael is one of the brightest rising stars in the Democratic Party, and he is exactly the right person to lead our efforts over the next two years,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a statement. “Not only does Michael know how to win tough races, he has the trust and loyalty of the entire Democratic caucus behind him.”
Cecil was the engineer behind Democrats picking up two seats in the Senate, during a 2012 election when early expectations were that Democrats would lose seats, the only question being how many. The party faces an even more challenging cycle this time around, with 20 Democrats on the ballot, seven of them from solidly-Republican states that Mitt Romney carried this November. The party is playing almost exclusively defense, with only one Republican up for re-election in 2014 in a state that President Obama carried (Sen. Susan Collins in Maine). And mid-term elections for second term presidents also usually favor the opposing party.
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But with 55 members of their caucus to 45 for Republicans, Democrats have more breathing room this time. Republicans would need to net six seats to take back control, a steep measure under any environment. In the 2010 wave election — a high water mark for the party — Republicans only netted six.
Bennet has a 0 percent pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life Committee casting all 12 of his votes on pro-life issues against the pro-life side. He’s voted for abortion, abortion funding, Obamacare, funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and funding the UNFPA (which supports China’s one-child policy).