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Here’s the Proof Marco Rubio Wants to Run in 2016

Here’s the Proof Marco Rubio Wants to Run in 2016

How do we know Florida Senator Marco Rubio remains a serious player in the Republican party for the 2016 presidential race? He’s doubling-down on the abortion issue.

Rubio is one of a handful of ultra-conservative Republican Senators sponsoring a federal parental notification act. Called the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, Rubio claims the law is designed to give states the authority to ensure parents are notified whenever any minor tries to access abortion care, no matter the circumstances. Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is sponsoring a companion bill in the House.

According to Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen, states now offer a patchwork approach to policing minors. Rubio’s bill would standardize parental notification requirements and make transporting a minor to obtain an abortion in another state in an effort to avoid parental involvement a crime. The bill also mandates that abortion providers also notify the parents of any minor who has traveled to their clinic from out of state before an abortion could be performed.

Rubio claims his law will protect minors from “an overzealous interstate abortion industry” which is conservative-speak for hospitals and clinics who provide necessary health care to minors in need. “With the rights of parents and the safety of our daughters at risk, Congress must take action to prevent underage abortions by giving states the federal backing necessary to enforce parental involvement laws,” Rubio said. “These laws allow teenagers to receive the advice and guidance of a loved one before undergoing a procedure for which they may not be medically or emotionally prepared.”

Conservatives’ feigned concern over teenagers accessing health care is really something when placed alongside their universal disdain for Medicaid, family planning programs and comprehensive sex-education. But for Rubio in particular, taking the lead publicly on a bill like this is designed to mint him as the Latino Paul Ryan in the eyes of conservatives who are desperately trying to simply re-package the disastrous platform from 2012 and hope voters don’t notice in 2016. So far Rubio seems plenty willing to play along, and that means that, once again, abortion politics will be front-and-center in the midterm elections and the 2016 race for the White House.


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6:44PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Eternal G. Wrote: Is his amygdala the right size?

It does make one wonder if it is......

6:21PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Is his amygdala the right size?

4:38AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Yes you would have to be an imbecile not to see through what is happening after that arrogant racist rebutted the President's speech.
He was speaking as if he already was the President! Anybody right in their mind would not vote for him especially women! He and his family are products of the largesse of the American Public, the taxpayers! So much for his Republican agenda!

6:37PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

What is it about Republicans and their love affair with the fetus and the obsession over women's right to choose?

5:49PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

If his rebuttal to the Persident's State of the Union address is any indication he is not the bright star of the Grumpy Old Party. His dismal lackluster performance lends credence to teh belief that marco Rubio is not ready for prime time. His is the same old REpublican rhetoric from a younger mouth nothing more and probably much less.

3:03PM PST on Feb 24, 2013


2:41PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

ANY Republican has a long way to go to be elected, as President of U.S.A.
I have always believed that a change in parties, every so often, is necessary, but the conservatives are so far out in right field, they have become intolerable.
John Boehner is aware of this fact, but, is having an arduous time fixing the problem.

12:32PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Alan L. True enough, he does seem to be wooden. I think he is still not real comfortable with being in front of a camera...

12:28PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

William T. Troll, on little troll... Troll on....

9:45AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Rubio is no more of a threat than Romoney or Palin. He being packaged by the GOP like a box of detergent.

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