National Right to Life Backs Pro-Life Marco Rubio After Crist Goes Independent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

National Right to Life Backs Pro-Life Marco Rubio After Crist Goes Independent

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 29
, 2010

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — On the day that Florida Governor Charlie Crist decided to scrap his bid for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat and seek it as an impendent, the pro-life candidate in the race picked up support. The National Right to Life Committee announced its endorsement of Marco Rubio.

The Right to Life Political Action Committee said it is in the corner of the former Florida House Speaker as he takes on Crist and pro-abortion Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

"As Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio was a strong advocate for life," NRLC PAC director Karen Cross told LifeNews.com this afternoon.

"Our endorsement represents Speaker Rubio’s unwavering commitment to renewing a culture of life in Florida and throughout the nation," she added.

Crist’s decision to run as an independent allows Rubio to capture the Republican nomination in Florida’s August 24 primary and sets up a three-way contest in the November general election.

Right to Life Hispanic Outreach Director Raimundo Rojas, a longtime Florida resident, said Crist’s decision shows he is more interested in putting politics ahead of pro-life concerns.

Crist only made the decision after polls continued showing him trailing badly to Rubio in the GOP primary. His independent bid could dilute the vote for Rubio and allow Meek to win the election.

"With his announcement today to run as an independent in the general election, Charlie Crist has simply joined a long line of politicians who are driven by ego, self-delusion, personal aggrandizement and not by what is best for the people," Rojas said.

"In stark contrast, Marco Rubio is a statesman who exemplifies the best of Florida and who will represent all Floridians at every stage of life – we all look forward to the day next year when Marco is sworn in as Florida’s next United States Senate," he added.

Crist has come under fire for taking a pro-abortion position and gradually shaping it over the years as he ran for different offices and sough to appeal to different groups.

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