A little over a week ago, I came to Red State to get some ideas about who to support. Like many Republicans, I feel like a kid in a candy store with so many strong options to nominate for the GOP run at the White House next year. There are a handful of candidates this year who would have been my #1 choice if they were running any other time in the last six elections.
I pulled support for Carly Fiorina after researching and coming to the conclusion that her past is too tainted. As I noted in comments, I don’t dislike her and would have still voter for her over Mitt Romney, [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ], or Bob Dole, but there are better options this time around. Based upon further research and recommendations from the Red State comments, I moved [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] up to the top of my preferred candidate leaderboard over (in no particular order) Ben Carson, Donald Trump, [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], and [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ].
One of the things that I liked about him was his relatively conservative views on issues important to me. One of those issues is abortion. Then, I learned something today that discouraged me greatly. He supports having the morning after pill available over-the-counter.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] Champions Morning After Pill As Good Alternative To Abortion http://t.co/1GN45j8dsH #NotHappy #CCOT pic.twitter.com/1UGviJBdkd
— Blaine Traber (@Baltar) September 30, 2015
I’m not so conservative that I don’t see a value for the morning-after-pill in very specific cases, namely rape and incest. Technically speaking the pill prevents a pregnancy. I don’t want to debate the science nor the question of whether or not conception can occur and be snuffed out by the pill. What I do take issue with is the idea of making it easy for anyone to get.
There is a moral obligation regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs to promote lifestyles among the youths of this country that is not promiscuous. It is through the reduction of consequences for unmarried and/or teenage sex that problems outside of pregnancy can arise. The morning after pill is dangerous when it’s easily available because it’s a license to behave immorally. I don’t have to invoke my Christian faith on anyone to make this point. The statistics and trends outside of religion point in the exact same direction.
I’m not going to eliminate Rubio from my list. Abortion is the real issue and Rubio is against it. However, he fell from my top spot. Now, I turn again to the RedState crew. Who should I be promoting? Should Rubio’s fall be forgiven because it’s not that big of an issue? Is another candidate better for the country and the party? Thank you ahead of time for your input.