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Bushworld vs. Rubio on Abortion

The New York Times reports that Right to Rise, a Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush, might attack Marco Rubio on the ground that his opposition to abortion in cases of rape makes him unelectable.

At The Weekly Standard, John McCormack notes that this position would indeed be likely to hurt Rubio’s chances (or Ted Cruz’s for that matter) in a general election. McCormack goes on to explain that it need not doom Rubio, and to offer sound advice on how Rubio should address the issue.

It should go without saying that for Bush-backers to attack Rubio in this manner would badly hurt Bush’s already weak campaign. Some pro-lifers agree with Rubio’s view; even those who do not would in many cases dislike pro-life infighting. (I suspect Bush himself is sympathetic to Rubio’s position: Note the words “in the public square” in this clip.) Bush cannot control Right to Rise, but he can and should make it clear that he opposes attacks on Rubio’s pro-life views.


Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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