Missouri’s Senate race may provide pro-life advocates a prime pick-up in November.
According to Rasmussen, pro-abortion incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill trails all of her potential Republican challengers. Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman holds the widest lead, topping McCaskill by a margin of 12 percentage points. The poll shows businessman John Brunner pulling off a 10-point win and Congressman Todd Akin winning by 8 points. All three of the Republican challengers are pro-life and have been endorsed by Missouri Right to Life PAC.
Sarah Steelman has earned the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, which principally endorses pro-life women leaders. Recently, Steelman also acquired the endorsement of pro-life Gov. Sarah Palin. On her website, Steelman’s campaign notes, “Sarah believes that government’s main role is to protect those that cannot protect themselves. This is no truer than in the case of the unborn. Sarah is wholly and 100% pro-life and will vote 100% pro-life in the US Senate.”
John Brunner lays out his pro-life position on his campaign website as well saying, “I am 100% pro-life and believe that life is providentially determined; to be cherished, valued, respected, and defended.
It was a blessed moment in my life when I first held in my arms each of my three wonderful children. And now, years later, I’ve experienced a similar moment with each of my beautiful grandchildren. Nothing is more precious than human life. Our founders declared that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights among which are, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And likewise, I am committed to those very same principles.”
In addition to a sterling pro-life record in Congress, Rep. Todd Akin carries the endorsements of Gov. Mike Huckabee, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and pro-life conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood named Akin one of its “Toxic Ten,” a list of members of Congress who stood against its pro-abortion agenda.
On his campaign website, Akin notes, “Our founders understood that life is a fundamental right granted to us by our Creator and that the government’s role is to protect this right. A government that doesn’t protect innocent life fails at one of its most basic roles. I believe that life begins at conception and I’m appalled that we do not protect the innocent lives of our unborn children.”
In contrast to these pro-life Republican candidates, Sen. Claire McCaskill is backed by Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List. She holds a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, McCaskill announced recently that she would not attend the Democratic National Convention in August. Although McCaskill denies she is seeking to avoid association with President Obama and the national Democratic brand.
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“After being a top Obama surrogate, a primetime speaker at the 2008 Dem National Convention, and doing a 2008 video saying Missouri needs to elect Barack, Senator Claire McCaskill announced today she will not attend this year’s convention proving even Barack Obama’s best friends don’t want to be seen with him as his party nominates him to run for a second term,” said RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski in response.
The Republican primary election is August 7th.