Rand Paul’s official entry into the 2016 race has gotten off to an auspicious start, complete with a combative interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, a cordial welcome from Ted Cruz, and a spat over abortion. This probably isn’t how the Kentucky Senator saw his first week of campaigning going, but he has acquitted himself well despite a hostile media.
His best moment came in a press conference on Wednesday when a reporter decided to catch him off guard with a non sequitur about abortion. To his credit, Paul was ready for the question.
“What’s the DNC say?” he asked. “Why don’t we ask the DNC if it’s okay to kill a seven-pound baby in uterus. You go back and ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s okay with killing a seven-pound baby that has just not been born yet.”
Wasserman Schultz is the chair of the Democratic National Committee, and she responded later with a statement.
“Here’s an answer,” Schultz wrote. “I support letting women and their doctors make their decision without government getting involved. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul. We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women – but do you stand by your opposition to any exception, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother? Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty?’
In an interview with CNN later that evening, Paul addressed the DNC chair’s retort. “It sounds like her answer is yes, that she is okay with killing a seven-pound baby. Debbie’s position, which I guess is the Democratic Party’s position, that an abortion all the way up until the day of birth would be fine. I really think most pro-choice people would be uncomfortable with that.”
He’s probably right, but they shouldn’t be. This is the direction they’re being led by the extreme left, even if they don’t realize it yet. To the monsters who keep the pro-abortion movement going, there is no delineation between trimesters. No delineation between reasons for performing an abortion. It’s as valid to abort a child for matters of convenience as it is to avoid giving birth to a rapist’s child.
Paul has carved out a niche for himself as a different kind of Republican, but it’s refreshing to see that he has not abandoned cultural conservatism. He’s not going to see eye to eye with every registered Republican on every issue, but he brings a fresh voice to the debate that’s long overdue. And his position on abortion proves that he is a man of principle.
Take God out of it. Take away debates about Republicans, liberals, Planned Parenthood, the Hyde Amendment, and everything else. Take it down to the basics. We’ve gotten so twisted in this country that the people who fight for the lives of unborn babies are the bad guys. Just chew on that for a minute. Is it any wonder this country is in the shape it’s in?