Florida Governor: Rick Scott Picks Pro-Life Running Mate, Ties Sink in New Poll
by Steven Ertelt
September 2, 2010
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is earning praise from a pro-life group for selecting a pro-life lieutenant governor running mate. That comes as a new poll shows Scott leading pro-abortion Democrat Alex Sink by just one percent after independent Bud Chiles withdrew from the race.
Scott’s campaign announced he has selected State Representative Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville to be his running mate as Lt. Governor.
The Florida Family Policy Council told LifeNews.com today Carroll "has been a consistent and solid supporter of pro-life and pro-family issues that have come before her in the legislature."
Carroll was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2003 and was the first black Republican woman elected to the Florida Legislature. She went to the legislature after serving a 20 year career in the U.S. Navy.
FFPC President John Stemberger told LifeNews.com, "I could not be more pleased at the selection of Jennifer Carroll for Lt. Governor as she is a true friend of the family."
"I applaud Rick Scott for his principled decision making in selecting such a reliable social conservative such as Jennifer Caroll as his running mate," he added.
Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters, released today, shows Scott picking up 45% of the vote while Sink draws support from 44%.
Some 9 percent prefer some other candidate and two percent are undecided.
When leaners are included in the new totals, the nominees remain essentially even. Sink picks up 48% while Scott earns the vote from 47%.
Scott and Sink were also close a week ago, when Scott held a small 41% to 36% lead. Chiles picked up eight percent of the vote at that time before dropping out. Prior to the latest survey, support for Scott has stayed within a 35% to 41% range since May. Similarly, Sinks support has ranged from 31% to 40% in that same period.
The new Rasmussen poll shows 69% of those who favor Sink say they are already certain how they will vote in November whereas 65% of Scotts voters say the same, up 10 points from last week.
Both candidates are backed by three out of four voters from their own parties. Sink holds a 44% to 35% edge among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
Scott, a businessman, has run as a pro-life candidate 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 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."
In 2006, there were 95,586 abortions performed in Florida.
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