A Republican political group that is supporting pro-life GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is reportedly planning to launch a campaign ad saying fellow Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is too pro-life to be president. The potential ad is a curious move as Bush is also pro-life on abortion.
The possible attack comes on the heels of a brilliant response to a reporter’s question that had pro-life advocates praising Rubio for his eloquence on pro-life issues. Rubio fielded a question on abortion from a mainstream media reporter attempting to make his pro-life views look extreme. But Rubio turned the question around in an amazing way and used it to highlight Hillary Clinton’s radical pro-abortion views favoring abortion throughout pregnancy without limits.
The New York Times has a report on what the organization called Right to Rise is planning:
The cash-rich group aiding Jeb Bush’s White House run has filmed a provocative video casting his rival Marco Rubio as ultimately unelectable because of his hard-line stand against abortion.
And the group’s chief strategist has boasted of his willingness to spend as much as $20 million to damage Mr. Rubio’s reputation and halt his sudden ascent in the polls, according to three people told of the claim.
Whether or not the onslaught ever materializes, Mr. Rubio and his team are bracing for it and preparing to counter it by sifting through hours of video footage for instances in which Mr. Bush spoke about Mr. Rubio as an admiring ally, not a political foe.
In an attempt to blunt Mr. Rubio’s appeal and showcase a potential vulnerability against the Democratic nominee in the general election, Mr. Murphy recently showed some Republicans a video portraying Mr. Rubio as too extreme on abortion. A longtime opponent of abortion rights, Mr. Rubio said in a debate in August that he had “never advocated” laws that would allow abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
Conservative writer Steven Crowder said the organization’s move is odd given the fact that most Republicans are ardently pro-life on abortion.
“Any adviser who thinks that accusing a Republican candidate of being TOO Pro-Life in a Republican primary needs to be issued a mandatory drug test, psychiatric evaluation and then blacklisted from advising anyone ever again,” he wrote.
Rubio’s campaign has already released a video ad containing comments from Jeb Bush praising Rubio, calling him one of the most articulate conservatives and eloquent on the issues:
During a previous Republican debate, Rubio said future generations of Americans will look back on the United States and regard us someday as barbarians for having legalized abortion.
“I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws, whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not. And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live,” Rubio said during the debate.
“What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection,” the GOP presidential candidate continued. “In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States.”
Rubio added that he does not specifically support rape or incest exceptions, saying that “[while] I think both of those instances are horrifying…I personally believe you do not correct one tragedy with a second tragedy.”
“The value of life is timeless,” he responded. “Science has decided that it’s human life. …Absolutely it has? What else can it be? It can’t turn into an animal. It can’t turn into a donkey.”