Marco Rubio: Donald Trump Would Not Replace Justice Scalia With Another Pro-Life Judge

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 26, 2016   |   2:31AM   |   Washington, DC

During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, pro-life Senator Marco Rubio contrasted himself with presidential candidate Donald Trump and said that Trump, unlike him, would not appoint a new Supreme Court Justice who is in the pro-life mold of recently-deceased Justice Anontin Scalia.

Rubio said Trump’s repeated praising of the Planned Parenthood abortion business was such that Trump can’t be trusted to replace Scalia with someone who is also opposed to Roe v. Wade and the 58 million abortions it unleashed. That’s important because the next Supreme Court justice cuold cement Roe and virtually unlimited abortions in place for another 43 years.

Here’s what Rubio had to say:

HEWITT: Senator Rubio, you’ve heard this exchange on religious liberty. You have said that religious liberty will trump even the ability of people to stay away from same-sex marriages, not provide flowers, not provide baked goods, et cetera. Are you satisfied with this exchange on religious liberty?

RUBIO: Well, I think you ask a very important question, because the issue here — the next president of the United States has to fill this vacancy.

Justice Scalia — in the history of the republic, there has never been anyone better than him at standing for the principle that the Constitution is not a living and breathing document — it is supposed to be applied as originally meant.

And the next president of the United States has to be someone that you can trust and believe in to appoint someone just as good as Scalia — plus there may be at least two other vacancies.

So you ask Mr. Trump to respond and say that he would, and he says that he would. But the bottom line is, if you look at his record over the last 25 or 30 years, on issue after issue, he has not been on our side.

Now, if he’s changed, we’re always looking for converts into the conservative movement. But the bottom line is that, if you don’t have a record there to look at and say, “I feel at peace that when Donald Trump is president of the United States, he’s going to be firmly on our side on these issues.”

In fact, very recently, he was still defending Planned Parenthood. He says he’s not going to take sides in the Palestinians versus Israel. These are concerning things.

And so, yes, I have a doubt about whether Donald Trump, if he becomes president, will replace Justice Scalia with someone just like Justice Scalia.

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