Marco Rubio had a chance last night to distinguish himself from the rest of the candidates on stage in the Republican debate. While Chris Christie and Rand Paul went at it over the NSA, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee dreamed of a war with Iran, and Donald Trump slung rhetorical feces at everyone, Marco Rubio and Ohio governor John Kasich were the only two who stood out as viable GOP nominees.
When pressed on Obamacare and gay marriage, Kasich spoke the blunt truth that the audience needed to hear, the Supreme Court has spoken and conservatives have to live with it. With this statement, Governor Kasich became the adult in the room. I wouldn’t vote for the guy, but if a Republican were to pull out a surprise win in 2016, I’d prefer to deal with him versus any of the other candidates the GOP has produced so far.
I can’t say the same for Marco Rubio who, when questioned by Megyn Kelly about his position on allowing for abortion only in the cases of rape or incest, claimed that he opposed abortion under any circumstance whatsoever.
“You don’t favor a rape and incest exception?” Megyn Kelly asked.
“I have never said that,” Marco Rubio stated. “I’ve never advocated that. I’ve advocated passing a law that says that all human life, at every stage of its development, is worthy of protection — in fact, I believe that law already exists.”
“It’s called the Constitution of the United States.”
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, having been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, whether Marco Rubio likes it or not. However, Marco Rubio was also either lying or conveniently forgot that he has supported legislation in the past that banned abortion after 20 weeks, except for specific reasons including cases of rape or incest.
In 2013, Rubio was one of 40 senators to co-sponsor a bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and set up a likely confrontation with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade.
That bill contained a number of exceptions, including cases of rape or incest that have been reported to law enforcement or where the mother’s life is at risk. Rubio’s support for the overall bill, which never received a vote in the Democratic-run Senate of 2013, was widely perceived as support for rape and incest exceptions.(Source)
Republicans are already looking at a serious demographic problem ahead of 2016, especially with Latino voters that they need so desperately in order to win back the White House. But having a Latino candidate like Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz in the race doesn’t help when they take on the same extremist positions as the rest of the field.
Last night’s GOP debate was an unbridled disaster for the Republican Party. It was also very likely a goldmine for Fox News ratings, as well as political writers and certainly for the Democratic Party which was handed a ton of ammunition to use against the eventual nominee in the general election. Some people say that Marco Rubio looked presidential, but the only thing he really did is show us how far right most of the Republican candidates really are.
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