My new poll question is up:
January has been a cold, hard month for presidential candidates, freezing 6 out of the race: Biden, Dodd, Hunter, Kucinich, Richardson, and Thompson. Who do you think will be the next to drop? Pick 1 Republican and 1 Democrat.
Regarding our previous poll question, 37% thought Alan Keyes would make an appearance at the March for Life in DC.
Alas, 1/3 of pollees were cynically correct. The pro-lifers' dance card remained empty, reminding us, once again, we're a mistress supposedly pro-life politicians want kept hidden, all the while whispering sweet nothings (empty promises?) in our ear when alone, but not wanting to be seen with us in public. Oh, they were too busy? Mm-hm.
UPDATE, 6:30p: Per moderator MK, Ron Paul made an appearance at the March.
If you voted, click on the map below to enlarge and see your brightly colored flag:
Ron Paul was there...and while he is no longer a presidential candidate, so was Brownback. Kudos to them!Posted by: mk at January 26, 2008 8:46 AM
Ron Paul Joins March for Life
By Penny Starr
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
January 24, 2008
(CNSNews.com)- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was the only GOP presidential candidate to make an appearance at the 35th annual March for Life on Tuesday, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision giving women the right to abortion on demand.
Paul got an enthusiastic reception from the crowd, with many marchers waving Ron Paul signs and banners.
Dr. Paul, an OB/GYN, said he has delivered more than 4,000 babies and that in medical school he "quickly learned" that "when I dealt with a pregnant woman I always had two patients."
"The debate about when life begins should not be a debate," Paul said. "Let me assure you that all life begins at conception." Hear Audio
"You cannot defend liberty without defending life," he said.
Paul, who has 4.6 percent support nationally in poll averages, according to Real Clear Politics, is outspoken about Roe v. Wade as it relates to states' rights. He was a sponsor of H.R. 300, for instance, which would negate the effect of Roe v. Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life.
Paul also wrote legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception (H.R. 1094).
The name of another presidential hopeful was evoked during the pre-march rally when Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) spoke to the crowd, telling them that unborn children are "the most persecuted minority in the world today." Hear Audio
"On Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama criticized Americans for both our moral deficit and our empathy deficit and called on us to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers," Smith said. "Can Sen. Obama not see, appreciate, or understand that the abortion culture that he and others so assiduously promote lacks all empathy for unborn children be they black, white, Latino or Asian?
"Why does dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing a child with powerful suction devices, or chemically poisoning a baby with any number of toxic chemicals fail to illicit so much as a scintilla of empathy, moral outrage, mercy or compassion by America's liberal elite?" said Smith.
"Abortion destroys the lives of our brothers and sisters, and the pro-abortion movement itself is the quintessential example of the empathy deficit," he said.
Posted by: mk
at January 26, 2008 8:48 AM
Yeah, Ron Paul (still a candidate) was there, and got a rock star welcome from the group of people who recognized him when he got out of his car.
The same day, Norma McCorvey officially endorsed him. :)Posted by: Vegan Phill at January 26, 2008 9:53 AM
I had no idea Alan Keyes and Mike Gravel were still in their respective races....
I still have no idea who Mike Gravel is.....Posted by: JKeller at January 26, 2008 11:13 AM
Gahaha, I'll bet $100 that by the time this poll is over next week, Gravel will be out already. And Keyes or Paul are definitely next for the Republicans, neither of them have had jack for showing in primaries.Posted by: Erin at January 26, 2008 12:16 PM
Ron Paul's been doing better than Giuliani, and has more money than any of the other candidates. If his supporters had their way, he'd be running third party (and probably do a lot better than Mr. "Buy Myself an Election" Bloomberg)
Alan Keyes stays til the end, he's in it to make a point. The rest of them arePosted by: Vegan Phil at January 26, 2008 1:29 PM
MK, I stand corrected!
Vegan - I agree on Keyes.Posted by: Jill Stanek at January 26, 2008 6:38 PM
Erin, I think Ron Paul is far too stubborn to drop out. I honestly wouldnt be surprised if he stayed in it the whole way just to try and make a point.
Posted by: Dan
at January 26, 2008 7:16 PM
Gravel will drop out, but I'm hoping Edwards will drop too, and endorse Obama. I think that'd help everyone in the long run, and I could see Obama picking up Edwards on his ticket. Seems like they work well together.
JKeller: I still have no idea who Mike Gravel is.....
Ha! No doubt - I saw that name and, "Who in the heck is Mike Gravel?"
O'course, I didn't actually say "heck."Posted by: Doug at January 26, 2008 8:54 PM
I've heard rumblings that Edwards wouldn't go for the vice president route again, that's he's "in it to win it", and many see him as not a good choice for vice president because he couldn't carry his home state for Kerry last time out...Posted by: JKeller at January 27, 2008 8:26 PM
JKeller, there are now rumors that Edwards would play the part of attorney general in an Obama administration. I recently blogged about how (even though it destroys my hope of an Obama/Edwards ticket) that could be just as good or better.
Though I think Obama very well could win S.C. in the national election, though it would be difficult, with or without Edwards as VPPosted by: Dan at January 28, 2008 10:27 AM
For what it is worth, Mike Huckabee is still a GOP member who is ready to "put his money where his mouth is."
At the Together for Life march in Atlanta, GA, approx 5000 Georgia citizens gathered at the capitol steps in memorial to the 50 million children lost to the American Holocaust. Mike Huckabee was not only present, but active. He made a stirring speech sharing his pro-life convictions and declaring they were more than empty campaign promises. To my knowledge, this year was the first time he has missed the TFL march in his home state of Arkansas in many years.Posted by: BNels at February 7, 2008 9:46 AM