Val Demings blasts Marco Rubio for being ‘extremist’ on abortion
Val Demings at the Ruth's List conference.

Val Demings
'I support abortions up until the point of viability, or when it threatens the health of the woman,' Demings said.

In front of an organization dedicated to electing women who support abortion choice rights, Democratic senatorial candidate Rep. Val Demings blasted her expected U.S. Senate race opponent, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, as “an extremist.”

“My opponent believes that a woman should not have the right to an abortion regardless of the circumstances. He believes women should not have the right to an abortion even in the event of incest and rape,” Demings said, characterizing Rubio’s position.

“I investigated sexual abuse cases and rape cases, and doggone it, we are not going for that, are we, Florida?” Demings, the former Orlando cop, challenged the crowd.

Demings comments, as a keynote speaker to the Ruth’s List Florida She’s the Change Leadership Conference in Orlando highlights the emergence of abortion as a potential major issue in the 2022 Senate campaign.

With the expected release of a Supreme Court of the United States opinion next month that would reverse the abortion rights decision of Roe v. Wade, the deeply emotional topic already has become front-and-center to campaigns.

Demings and Rubio already have established themselves as being strongly for and against Roe v. Wade, respectively. That also played out in Congress when Demings cosponsored a bill that would put the original Roe v. Wade ruling into the federal statutes, while Rubio voted against the bill’s counterpart in the Senate last week.

The debate from here may be about how far they each go on the abortion question, how they characterize one another’s positions, and how that plays to voters.

Just as Demings accused Rubio of extremism in opposing abortion access, Rubio’s campaign also has accused Demings of extremism on the opposite side, charging that she supports abortion rights up to the time of delivery. On Saturday, speaking to journalists shortly after her Ruth’s List speech, Demings sternly denied that characterization of her position.

“That’s foolishness,” Deming said. “Desperate people say desperate things. It’s quite interesting. I support Roe v. Wade, a constitutional right that women have had for 49, almost 50 years. Roe v. Wade came with restrictions. So for the Rubio campaign, they are searching for something to take attention away from his extreme views about a constitutional right that women have in this country.

“I support abortions up until the point of viability or when it threatens the health of the woman, the mother,” Demings added. “Marco Rubio is the one who has absolutely zero restrictions.”

Rubio will get his chance to confirm, clarify or refute her assessment Saturday night in Orlando, when he delivers a speech to the Florida Family Policy Council, a strongly anti-abortion organization. However, the conference, just two blocks away from where Ruth’s List met Saturday, and Rubio’s speech are closed to the media.

“A woman should have the right to chose her own destiny,” Demings told the Ruth’s List crowd. “We’re not going back. We’re not shutting up. We’re not sitting down. We are going to fight and fight and fight some more.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


16 comments

  • Tom

    May 14, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    The extremist is Dum, Dum Demings.
    She supports abortion after birth, the Dums support that. Demings supports no limits.
    63 million abortions later.
    Extremist is Demings.

    Reply

    • Cindy

      May 14, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      You are the dum dum with your stupid conspiracy theories. Stop the lies!! She gives the rights to women whom I’m guessing you would like to have barefoot and pregnant. Stop the lies!

      Reply

      • Tom

        May 14, 2022 at 9:42 pm

        No cindy dum cindy. Dum Dems want abortion til after birth.
        I’m not opposed to first trimester, as is most Society. 63 million cindy, atrocious it’s happened.
        Dumings and jerry in mayor of Orlando, have to come clean on local shenanigans. Won’t be tolerated.
        Sen Rubio is a great man, Senator, Father and family man! He will win with 53%. America’s Gov wins.

        Did you not hear the senate bill Sen. Schumer, the human waste bucket had voted in Senate last week. Extremists Dums, unlimited after birth abortions. No limits, that’s why they don’t want roe v wade repealed.
        Get out of the Manchurian bubble.
        My goodness, extremists all of you!
        63 million later.

        Reply

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    • Just a comment

      May 15, 2022 at 11:30 am

      So in other words no stwerdship

      Reply

  • Claude Kirk the younger

    May 14, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I was in Tallahassee this morning observing a pro abortion rally in front of the Florida Capitol.
    There were around 150 – 200 in attendance.
    98% were older white ladies cotton tops and silver haired I estimate the median age to have been 68 – 75 years old. They were in full force in front of the Capitol lining the street with protest signs.
    Interesting was I did not observe one woman of brown/black skin, no males, and only a few young ladies.
    Just to be clear I saw the early stage of the rally and did not see any speakers at the rally.
    From what I saw I do not believe I was seeing a cross section of society and thus not a significant portion of the voting public to consitute a groundswell of voters to swing the election based on the leak of the alledged SCOTUS rulling on Row/Wade.
    My advice to the left us to try and impliment a midterm varient of Covid to lock down society and stuff the ballot boxes that way. Or get the White House to impliment WWIII and arainge for some Nukes to destroy s few major cities in order to impliment a lock down sufficent enough to allow the left to stuff the ballot boxes enough to secure a midterm win.
    Both of those options would be totally wrong and yeah you will all go to hell for doing either option. But if the left is hell bent on stopping the midterm conservative victory its pretty much all you guys have after totally failing everything since the Biden Regime seized power.
    Name one success of the Biden Administration please. I’ll wait.

    Reply

    • Too many

      May 17, 2022 at 7:34 am

      That was the dumbest thing I ever read since the last conservative

      Reply

  • Impeach Biden

    May 14, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Democrats have nothing else to campaign on. This is their Hail Mary. They can’t defend fuel prices, inflation, Ukraine, the Southern Border, and now formula among others. Can’t wait until November.

    Reply

  • Just a comment

    May 14, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    The first trimester I sway the 3rd I say that’s sicking plus you can not run on feelings nothing more then feeling’s

    Reply

    • Just a comment

      May 15, 2022 at 11:32 am

      So in other words this person has no direction to show and no stewardship

      Reply

  • FreshlyFistedTom

    May 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Rubio isn’t an extremist on anything. Total flip flopper. Makes DeSantis almost seem professional and Rick Scott seem smart. But Rubio is still a step above Gaetz

    Reply

  • Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    What a dumb ass moniker.
    Are we supposed to be afraid.
    I am Tom the FP legend Pal. I suffer. Manchurians like you and above happily.

    Sen Rubio is Hardly a flip flopper. Almost lone voice on China abuse, American sovereignty being compromised. Are you an idiot? Our domestic production lost and jobs lost.
    Dum, Dum Demings is a joke. Her husband worse. Investigations will take place with new law in effect. She is compromised.

    She and the Dumcrats are extremists.
    63 million abortions since roe v wade, 1973.
    Schumer’s bill allowed abortion til birth, thank God no passage.

    Rubio wins with 53%, America’s Gov wins vs chameleon crispy critters or n fraud!
    Bring your A game with me fake moniker.
    I’m a double barrel guy.

    America’s Gov the best!

    Reply

    • Kiesha Parker

      May 16, 2022 at 9:20 am

      What kind of drugs are you on? Because I want whatever you are having to spew this kind of crazy word salads LOL

      Reply

      • Tom

        May 16, 2022 at 11:42 pm

        You couldn’t handle me!
        I go 24/7
        Real man a legend.

        Reply

    • Every time

      May 17, 2022 at 7:36 am

      “I’m a double barrel guy”

      And the first to die in the real thing lol

      Reply

      • Tom

        May 17, 2022 at 8:07 am

        Kamala is the queen of word salad Kiesha and her knees. Every time” you are a joke and can’t handle a “double barrel guy like me. Go scratch your ass. I speak truth always, I am the Legend of FP. Enjoy, listen and learn.

        Reply

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