Florida Voters Back Pro-Life Candidates Rubio, Scott; Set Up Abortion Battles

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 25, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Voters Back Pro-Life Candidates Rubio, Scott; Set Up Abortion Battles

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 25
, 2010

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Florida voters backed pro-life candidates for Senate and governor on Tuesday night and set up battles pitting pro-life and pro-abortion candidates against each other. In the gubernatorial race, pro-life Republican candidate Rick Scott defeated Attorney General Bill McCollum.

And in the Senate race, pro-life former House Speaker Marco Rubio is now preparing to take on pro-abortion Gov. Charlie Crist and pro-abortion Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Scott took 47 percent of the vote to 43 for McCollum in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Scott, a businessman, ran as a pro-life candidate during the campaign and Florida Right to Life gave him an "A" grade and recommended him to voters.

"I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. I believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and as governor, would appoint judges who apply law and not impose their political agenda on the people, which was what was done in 1973 when Roe was wrongly decided," he says in an audio file on his web site.

Scott also says he disagrees with the recent decision by pro-abortion Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a bill that would have allowed women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion.

"As governor, I would have signed the pro-life ultrasound legislation that has passed both house of the Florida legislature and was vetoed by Charlie Crist for political reasons," he said. "This important legislation not only demonstrates that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life but also prevents Florida taxpayers from funding abortion through the federal health care plan that recently passed Congress."

Florida’s pro-abortion Chief Financial officer, Alex Sink, captured the Democratic nomination to face Scott in November.

Meanwhile, in the Florida Senate race, pro-abortion Rep. Kendrick Meek picked up the Democratic nomination over billionaire Jeff Greene to face pro-life Rubio and Crist, who has repeatedly upset pro-life advocates.

Polling shows Meek was the best candidate for Rubio when it comes to a Democratic nominee because he draws Democrats away from Crist in surveys. Rubio stretches his lead over Crist to between 5 and 8 points with Meek as the Democratic candidate.

This week’s Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling survey shows Rubio leading Crist 40 to 32 with Meek picking up just 17 percent and 11 percent remaining undecided.

Crist must capture almost 75 percent of the undecided vote in order to close the gap with Rubio as it is difficult to see how Meek’s standing could go lower unless Democrats rally hard around Crist or ask Meek to drop out of the campaign.

And efforts to woo Democrats could persuade moderate Republicans and independents to support Rubio.

Crist, who upset pro-life advocates by vetoing a bill that would have helped women by allowing them to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion, will not enjoy support from the pro-life movement in the race.

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.

Crist has also come under fire for removing the section of his web site supposedly touting his pro-life credentials.

Related web sites:
Florida Right to Life – https://frtl.homestead.com


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