New Hampshire Roundup & an Interesting Twist for Mainstream Voters

The results of the New Hampshire primary are in. While Donald Trump held the first place spot, as expected, with 35%, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s solutions-focused message gained traction with more mainstream voters in the Granite State. As Kasich garnered 16% of the vote another Governor, Jeb Bush, also saw an uptick in support getting 12% of the vote. We also can’t help but notice Senator Marco Rubio, who shot up to third place in Iowa, had a backslide in New Hampshire as he came in below Bush and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (11.7%).  After Chris Christie’s attacks on his robotic, memorized speech in the last Republican debate, voters began to question if Rubio’s campaign was based more on rehearsed talking points than real ideas.
Another aspect of Rubio’s campaign that shows no coincidence in his poor showing is his extreme stance on women’s reproductive health rights. His stance that women should never have a choice– even in the cases of rape or incest– has caused numerous other GOP candidates and spotlight politicians to respond in disbelief. Bush, Christie, and Lindsay Graham have each individually called Rubio’s stance “scary” and “ineffective.” 
 
Holding such an extreme, heartless and unrealistic belief on women’s reproductive health rights only contributed to his lack of showing in the New Hampshire primary. Hopefully this obvious display of an unintelligent and ineffective solution to the choice debate will act as a springboard for other Republican candidates to take more mainstream approaches to this increasingly important issue.  We’d like to hear more about the candidates’ ideas and solutions in the reproductive health debate, rather than only talk of banning abortion. Discussions about ideas for ensuring access to family planning, contraception, better education and prevention information are of the utmost importance. 
 
A new twist in the presidential election sparking much excitement and discussion with mainstream voters is the news that former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is seriously considering entering the presidential race. Sensing the dismay of many center-right and center-left voters with a possible Trump v. Sanders match-up, Bloomberg reported he was looking at all options and stated, “I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” adding that the US public deserved “a lot better.”  Bloomberg is well-known as a pragmatist and fiscal conservative who holds a common sense, limited government approach to social issues, including support for personal freedom and choice on reproductive rights.  As CNN reported, Mayor Bloomberg would run as a moderate promising to bring compromise and business-savvy intelligence to an election characterized by highly-charged disputes and political partisanship. 

Hot News Stories (2/10/16)

The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
The fate of a court order that blocked a mandatory waiting period for abortions is on the line as state appellate judges weigh it against strict privacy rules in the state Constitution. On Tuesday, lawyers for the state and Gainesville-based abortion clinic Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center argued their cases to a three-judge panel in the 1st District Court of Appeal. The judges will decide whether an injunction issued last summer will stay in effect or if it can be lifted, allowing the controversial waiting period law to go into effect.

The Nation (USA)
Republican presidential candidates Bush and Christie have started to attack Rubio for his extreme stances on women’s reproductive health rights, realizing that such strict anti-choice politics can be “toxic.”

Politico (Washington, DC)
Anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List has just come out in support of NARAL, one of the largest pro-choice organizations in the nation on a topic both groups feel strongly about– a petition requesting that the hosts of Thursday night’s Democratic debate ask the candidates about abortion rights..


Not my GOP: Marco Rubio’s Extreme Stance on a Common-Sense Issue

Though the debate regarding women’s reproductive health rights continues to be an infrequent topic of discussion among presidential candidates, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has taken an extreme stance on the issue of abortion.

Noting his strict anti-choice beliefs, he is opposed to abortion in all cases except to save the mother’s life. This opposition includes exceptions for rape and incest– exceptions that even many anti-choice activists agree should be implemented. In case this extreme stance isn’t enough, other anti-choice Republican candidates have come out in disbelief regarding Rubio’s statements.

Jeb Bush and Chris Christie noted that his abortion beliefs are “scary,” and that his stance on the issue will cause both moderate and Democratic voters, particularly women, to shy away from the party entirely. Senator Lindsay Graham, a Bush supporter, explained to a CNN reporter:

“The most tragic thing in the world is for a woman to be raped, a child, a pregnancy caused by rape. I’m pro-life, but I can’t go there, I can’t tell that woman you gotta carry that child. That’s a sensitive issue, and I think in a general election that will be a hard sell.”

It’s hard to imagine a presidential candidate with such an extreme stance on this incredibly sensitive and highly important debate. As mainstream Republicans, we fight for personal liberties and limited government involvement. Marco Rubio’s stance on abortion is not only extreme, but also goes against everything Republicans stand for: the right to make their own choices without government intervention.


Hot News Stories (2/8/16)

CBS News (USA)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Marco Rubio’s attacks on her beliefs about abortion are “pathetic.” Rubio, the Florida senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said during Saturday night’s GOP debate that Democrats are the “extremists” on abortion and that Clinton supports the procedure “even on the due date of that unborn child.”

New York Times (New York, NY)

In a sharp rebuke, a federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction ordering abortion opponents not to release videos they had secretly made at meetings of abortion providers, and he added that the opponents’ claims that such organizations were illegally selling fetal tissue were baseless.

Salon (USA)

With the issue of reproductive rights consistently being a major debate in the United States, it has barely come up during presidential candidate debates on either side, which has citizens wondering: why aren’t they talking about such an important health issue?

RMC advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses bipartisan call for the United States Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2

Today, RMC advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman joined a media call to discuss the bipartisan call for the United States Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2 and affirm longstanding precedent by upholding the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services.
In January, Whitman joined RMC and Republican office holders in submitting an amicus brief in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case involving the HR2 restrictions that block access to safe, legal abortion and threaten to close family planning clinics.
Check out RMC’s Press Release!

Republican Majority for Choice leads bi-partisan call for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Constitutional protections of liberty and privacy.

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2016 – Today Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman affirmed that the core GOP ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion must extend to social issues, including a woman’s right to choose.

In January, Whitman joined RMC and Republican office holders in submitting an amicus brief in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case involving restrictions that block access to safe, legal abortion and threaten to close family planning clinics. “As a life long Republican I hold dear our core party ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion,” said Governor Whitman. “Respecting individuals and recognizing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body seems to me to be an inherently conservative principle.”

Governor Whitman was joined today by Congressman Mark Veasey, a Texas Democrat, and Kathryn Kolbert, the attorney who argued the 1992 Casey case before Supreme Court case, in outlining the bipartisan call for the Court to affirm longstanding precedent by upholding the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services.

An unprecedented collection of diverse organizations and individuals filed forty-five amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2 which has already led to the closure of family planning clinics. These briefs reflect bipartisan consensus among members of different political parities, trusted medical experts, pediatricians, family physicians, public health specialists and faith leaders.

RMC National Co-Chair Candace Straight, a lead signer for the RMC amicus brief stated, “For forty-three years, the right to privacy and to make personal medical choices have been guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of the United States.” Straight continued, “Abortion is controversial and divisive, an issue where people of good conscience disagree. However, it is not the role of the government to dictate morality. Implicit in the right to choose is the right to seek moral guidance from within oneself and one’s community, from spiritual advisors and trusted confidants.”

The following current and former Republican officeholders joined RMC National Co-Chairs, Susan Bevan and Candace Straight in filing the brief emphasizing the belief that ideologically motivated legislation designed to deny individual rights is antithetical to the Republican philosophy and that only through small, less intrusive government will individual rights be honored and preserved.

The Honorable Nancy Johnson – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut

The Honorable Constance Morella – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Maryland

The Honorable Claudine Schneider – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Rhode Island

The Honorable Christopher Shays – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut

The Honorable Richard Zimmer – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of New Jersey

The Honorable William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts

The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey

The Honorable Carolyn Allen – Former Member of the Arizona Senate Former Member and Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Steve Cloud – Former Member of the Kansas House of Representatives

The Honorable Elizabeth Coulson – Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

Representative Sarah Davis – Current Member of the Texas House of Representatives

Representative Kathy Hawken – Current Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives

The Honorable Lucile P. Hicks – Former Member and First Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
 Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Honorable Brian Lees – Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate

The Honorable Becky Morgan – Former Member of the California Senate

Senator Richard Ross – Current Member and Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
Former Member of the Massachusetts House
of Representatives

Senator Diane Snelling – Current Member of the Vermont Senate

The Honorable Richard Tisei – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 
Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate

The Honorable Daniel B. Winslow – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Honorable Corinne Wood – Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

 

 

 


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