Kendrick Meek, the four-term Democratic U.S. congressman from Florida, is running for the U.S. Senate in a three-way race against the Republican and tea party favorite former Florida state legislator Marco Rubio and Republican-turned-independent Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his platform positions.
What is Kendrick Meek's position on abortion?
Meek supports abortion rights, with a strong and consistent record rated 100 percent by NARAL Pro-Choice America
Has Kendrick Meek's position on abortion changed over the years?
Has Kendrick Meek ever sponsored any abortion-oriented legislation?
No, but earlier this year he co-sponsored H.R. 5121, the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act, which aims to help alleviate poverty and mortality by ensuring that sexual and reproductive health services are available in the developing world.
Has abortion been an issue in Kendrick Meek's campaign so far?
Yes, but ironically, the issue has been more inflamed between Meek's two opponents, moderate right-wing candidate Charlie Crist and ultra-right-wing candidate Marco Rubio. Meek's record on abortion has remained steady while Crist's has hastily shuffled left
, with him saying things like
, "My opponent [Rubio] wants to literally overturn Roe vs. Wade. I think that will frighten and concern women, and rightly so." Rubio, in turn, refers to Roe v. Wade as a "catastrophe." One month from the election Rubio is ahead in the polls, so abortion is mostly used as either a wedge to distinguish between reactionary and moderate/liberal views, or an insult to Crist's political integrity. As Meek's position is strong and unambiguous, the issue hasn't touched his campaign so much as swirled around the larger race.
What ratings has Kendrick Meek received from both NARAL Pro-Choice America (the leading pro-choice watchdog), and the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC, its pro-life counterpart)?
Meek has received a 100 percent record from NARAL and a 9 percent from the NRLC
, both indicating a strong and consistent abortion-rights voting record.
Read Kendrick Meek's full bio on his website.
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