by Steven Ertelt
January 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The National Right to Life Committee doesn’t plan to issue another endorsement yet in the Republican presidential primary following the exit of Fred Thompson from the race. However, the leading pro-life group made it clear — it does not want any of the pro-abortion Democrats or pro-abortion GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani in the White House.
NRLC made headlines last November when it endorsed Thompson.
At the time, he seemed to be the main pro-life alternative to Giuliani and the two were at the top of the polls, fundraising well and pundits believed either would represent the GOP in November.
Thompson ran what many observers called a lackluster campaign and he dropped out after South Carolina when he failed to win any primary or caucus state.
On Monday, NRLC told LifeNews.com that it wouldn’t issue another endorsement yet, but would "do what is necessary to see that a pro-life president is elected in 2008."
"National Right to Life PAC does not want any of the pro-abortion Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John Edwards elected president. Nor does National Right to Life PAC want Rudy Giuliani to become the Republican nominee for president," the group said.
Instead of backing Huckabee, McCain or Romney, the group offered praise for all three, saying it appreciated the fact that each of the GOP presidential candidates is running on a pro-life platform.
However, its praise seemed most effusive for Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is starting to rack up the endorsements of state Right to Life affiliates.
"National Right to Life is grateful for the strong pro-life record established by Mike Huckabee as governor of Arkansas," the group said.
It told LifeNews.com that it "recognizes that Governor Huckabee has taken the strongest pro-life position on all of the life issues of any of the remaining candidates for president."
That’s likely because while Huckabee opposes both abortion and embryonic stem cell research, McCain has strongly supported making taxpayers fund it and Mitt Romney backs the destruction of leftover embryos from fertility clinics.
Still, McCain and Romney warranted praise for running in opposition to abortion. Like Huckabee they’ve said they favor the overturning of Roe v. Wade and letting states ban abortions again.
"National Right to Life is also grateful for the strong pro-life voting record on abortion of Senator John McCain, and appreciates the pro-life position he has taken in his Senate campaigns and in this presidential campaign," NRLC said.
"National Right to Life also appreciates the pro-life position taken in this presidential campaign by former governor Mitt Romney," it added.
Ultimately the group urged pro-life advocates in individual states to "do what is best in their particular state primary to help see that the Republican Party nominates a pro-life candidate."
NRLC closed its Monday statement with praise for Thompson saying it "will always be grateful for the strong pro-life record on all of the life issues Fred Thompson established."
Related web sites:
National Right to Life Committee – https://www.nrlc.org