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June 24, 2009
DeMint Endorses Rubio in Florida Senate Race

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), true to his pro-life, conservative philosophy, has announced his support for Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in the race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 2010.

At this point, three Republicans have announced their intentions to run in the Florida Primary: Charlie Crist, the current Governor who is most often described as a political "moderate," Marco Rubio who is considered to be a pro-life conservative, and former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who, during his service in the U.S. Senate was an outspoken and active champion of the pro-life cause.

Governor Crist has the backing of the Republican Party establishment including Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Their involvement in a contested Republican Primary is viewed by many grassroots Republicans as unwanted interference in which Crist will have an unfair advantage, particularly as it relates to campaign fund raising.

This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last, that Republican officials, influenced by the Northeastern monied wing of the Party and the media, have taken sides in a Primary contest against the more socially conservative candidate(s).

The fact that Senator Jim DeMint is a strong leader on social, economic and national defense issues will help to bring balance to the race and should open the door for more congressional support for Rubio. In making the endorsement, DeMint, who heads up the Senate Conservatives Fund, pledged to fundraise and campaign on Rubio's behalf, said, "I think we'll have a healthy primary in Florida."

The Republican National Coalition for Life PAC has made no endorsements in the 2010 congressional primaries, but we will be watching this and other races closely. Candidates in contested Republican primaries will receive our Candidate Questionnaire and the results we receive will be recorded on the RNC for Life web site.

Why Senators Should Take A Long Look At Judicial Nominees

On June 4, 2009, The Politico published a column by Edward Whelan in which he pointed out that seven current Republican U.S. Senators-Bob Bennett (UT), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Judd Gregg (NH), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dick Lugar (IN), and Olympia Snowe (ME), voted in 1998 to confirm President Clinton's controversial nomination of Sonia Sontomayor to the 2nd Circuit. Of the 29 Senators who voted NO, 11 are still in the Senate, including Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), Republican Whip Jon Kyl (AZ), Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (AL), and John McCain (AZ).

Mr. Whelan is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributor to National Review Online's Bench Memos blog on judicial nominations and constitutional law. In this capacity his comments on what bearing the 1998 positions of these Senators should have on Sotomayor's pending Supreme Court nomination merit our attention.

"First," Mr. Whelan states, "the standard for a Supreme Court nominee is higher than for an appeals court nominee, as senators on both sides of the aisle have routinely recognized. When an appellate judge casts the deciding vote in a case, the ruling is subject to correction both by the en banc court of appeals and by the Supreme Court.

"But a decisive vote by a Supreme Court justice provides the final disposition of a case and establishes precedent for the entire judicial system. When that ruling misconstrues a federal statute, it's not easy to repair the damage. And when it misinterprets the Constitution, the damage is even more severe and difficult to reverse.

"Second, the current Supreme Court is sharply divided on many important issues. The person who replaces Justice David Souter may well end up providing the fifth vote to invent a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, to strip 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance or to dilute constitutional protections of speech and religious liberty to comport with foreign practices. Under these circumstances, it would be a dereliction of duty for any senator not to scrutinize Sotomayor's nomination with special care.

"Third, President Barack Obama's so-called empathy criterion for Supreme Court justices — his demand for justices who will determine cases 'on the basis of one's deepest values, one's core concerns . . . and the depth and breadth of one's empathy' — poses a radical threat to the rule of law. As the statutory oath of office reflects, justices (and other judges) are obligated to be dispassionate and impartial. They swear to 'administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.'

"Fourth, there are ample new data on Sotomayor since 1998 — particularly her rulings and other writings. Those materials are the focus of ongoing intensive review and debate, a process that ought to continue throughout the confirmation process. Sotomayor's defenders will vigorously try to make the case that the new data should reinforce the judgment of those who voted for Sotomayor's 2nd Circuit nomination and change the minds of those who didn't. But there are many troubling signs that Sotomayor fits Obama's misguided criterion.

"Take, for example, Sotomayor's shenanigans in trying to bury the claims of white and Hispanic firefighters that they had been discriminated against — shenanigans that fellow Clinton appointee Jose Cabranes exposed in a blistering dissent. (The Supreme Court granted review of the case that Sotomayor treated so dismissively, and the court's ruling will be issued in the coming weeks.)

"Take also Sotomayor's aggressive willingness to indulge her own values in deciding cases, reflected in her notorious assertion of her 'hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.'"

[When Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) recently met with Judge Sotomayor, he asked her if she thinks the unborn have any rights whatsoever. She responded that she had "never thought about it." After 36 years of abortion on demand and at least 50 million dead babies, that comment alone reveals Sonia Sotomayor's lack of fitness to serve on the United States Supreme Court.]

Oklahoma Governor Signs Pro-Life Bills

Oklahoma's Governor Brady Henry (D) has signed legislation outlawing sex-selection abortions and requiring abortionists to report the reasons offered by their customers for "choosing" abortion, as well as complications resulting from the procedure. Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for National Right to Life Committee, Inc., described the new law as "the most comprehensive reporting law in the nation."

Governor Henry signed a second measure prohibiting human cloning for any purpose, regardless of whether the clone would be implanted for reproduction or sacrificed for experimentation. The human cloning ban passed both chambers by a combined vote of 127-0. (Life Advocacy Briefing, 6/6/09)

Nebraska Governor Signs Law Requiring Abortionists to Show Mothers Ultrasound Images

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) has signed a bill requiring abortionists to show expectant mothers ultrasound images of their targeted prenatal children.

The bill, which passed 40-5, also mandates that if the woman asks for a detailed medical analysis of the ultrasound, she must be given information detailing the size of the child, any cardiac activity and information regarding external members and internal organs, if present and viewable. The measure also requires notifying the mother of the estimated age of the child and informing her of medical risks in the procedure. Further, it mandates she be told she cannot be forced to choose an abortion and that assistance is available if she decides to give birth. Life Advocacy Briefing (www.lifeadvocacy.com) 6/6/09; LifeSite News.com and Baptist Press contributed to this story.

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