Yesterday, Mike Huckabee announced that he would not be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee was popular among many pro-life voters, particularly those with conservative Christian backgrounds. There are still plenty of other options, though, and pro-lifers have yet to unite around any one candidate.
Secular Pro-Life is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates. Realistically speaking, however, it’s highly unlikely that President Obama will face a strong liberal challenger. If there is to be a pro-life president in 2012, he or she will have to come from the Republican party.
So, let’s take a look at what the GOP has to offer, in no particular order:
Tim Pawlenty has amassed a strong pro-life record as Governor of Minnesota and is widely considered a front-runner, but I’m not going to bet my money on anyone this early.
Mitt Romney is running on a pro-life platform… this time. But his history of flip-flopping on abortion (and other issues) has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths.
Herman Cain, a businessman, is known primarily as a fiscal conservative. However, he came out in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, publicly condemning Margaret Sanger’s racist ideology. That certainly takes guts. Unfortunately, he also characterized his support for the “sanctity of life” as a “religious belief,” playing directly into the hands of abortion advocates who want to direct the debate away from the scientifically proven humanity of the unborn child.
Rick Santorum is unquestionably pro-life, and coming off a fresh win in the South Carolina party straw poll. But he is also a well-known leader of the Religious Right; can he appeal to voters who don’t share his religious views?
Newt Gingrich announced his entry into the race on Wednesday. He comes in with a lot of baggage, as values voters are less than pleased with his three marriages and extramarital affairs. However, he has been consistently pro-life.
Of course, we all know former VP candidate Sarah Palin. Although many pro-life voters like her, she has not announced whether or not she plans to run. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows that she has an electability problem, with 58% of respondents saying they would “never” vote for her.
Donald Trump also fared poorly in the Quinnipiac poll, but is still considered a front-runner. Like Cain, he has publicly stated that he is pro-life on abortion, but has focused primarily on fiscal issues.
So, whom do you all like?