Marco Rubio, former Republican speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and tea party favorite, is running for the U.S. Senate in a three-way race against four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek 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 Marco Rubio's position on abortion?
Rubio is anti-abortion. He has voted to require pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound
before abortions and against stem-cell research
, and as a lawyer, has spoken against a constitutional "right to privacy"
that resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision.
Has Marco Rubio's position on abortion changed over the years?
Has Marco Rubio ever sponsored any abortion-oriented legislation?
Has abortion been an issue in Marco Rubio's campaign so far?
Yes, but used more as a wedge to distinguish Rubio's strongly conservative views from the strongly pro-abortion-rights stance of Kendrick Meek and the moderate (and some say wavering)
stance of Charlie Crist. Rubio has called Roe v. Wade a "catastrophe" that has had "horrifying results,"
and said anyone who doesn't support overturning the decision is axiomatically pro-abortion rights. Though Rubio's record and history
speak to his support of these claims, the latter claim seems aimed directly at Crist, whom Rubio has accused of "flip-flopping," and whose moderate views are in sharp relief to the staunchness of Rubio's anti-abortion and Meek's abortion-rights stances.
What ratings has Marco Rubio received from both NARAL Pro-Choice America (the leading pro-choice watchdog), and the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC, its pro-life counterpart)?
Both organizations only rate politicians on a national level, so Rubio is without a rating. He does, however, have the NRLC endorsement, calling him a "strong advocate for life
," and NARAL has stated that he "oppose[s] women's freedom and privacy."
Read Marco Rubio's full bio on his website.
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