‘That’s the reality’: Marco Rubio backs Donald Trump plan to nix abortion ban from GOP platform
Marco Rubio wants to be Donald Trump’s VP but does not want to seem too eager.

‘Our platform has to reflect our nominee, and our nominee’s position happens to be one grounded in reality.’

Marco Rubio says he’s fine with Donald Trump removing a long-standing plan to impose a national abortion ban from the GOP platform.

Under the position Trump is proposing, which could become official when the former President is confirmed as the party’s nominee at next week’s Republican National Convention, the party would defer abortion-related decisions to the states.

Several conservative groups oppose the arrangement. But according to Rubio, it’s the only realistic path forward following the Supreme Court’s seismic 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Our platform has to reflect our nominee, and our nominee’s position happens to be one grounded in reality,” Rubio told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.

“It’s not state (but) voters at individual states who will get to decide how and to what level they want to restrict abortion, if at all. Some states will have restrictions. Some states will not.”

Asked whether he was concerned that removing a federal abortion ban from the GOP platform would depress enthusiasm for Trump among core anti-abortion grassroots donors — something the Susan B. Anthony Foundation suggested may happen — Rubio, a top contender for Vice President, said “not really.”

“Because I don’t think that there’s much of an option here. It looks like no matter who the democrats nominate — it looks like maybe Kamala Harris would be the most liberal presidential candidate in American history or a continuation of whoever’s running the White House now with Joe Biden as its figurehead — the issue is that they are going to be radical,” he said.

“There’s only one pro-life candidate in this race, and it’s Donald Trump. And I think his position on this has been that … reality, which is you can’t pass a federal law now even if we wanted to.”

He added, “All the Supreme Court ruled was that this was a political issue … that now voters would be able to decide via the people they voted for or voted against at the state level, and that’s the reality.”

Rubio said the Democrats’ official position on abortion is that the procedure would be “paid for by taxpayers at any time without any restrictions … up until the moment of birth.” Bash responded, “I’m not sure that’s entirely true,” to which Rubio shot back, “Oh, it is.”

An archive of the 2020 Democratic Party Platform by The American Presidency Project shows that the party opposed restrictions on abortions “inconsistent with the most recent medical and scientific evidence” and supported restoring federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

There is no mention in the platform of how late into a pregnancy the party would support abortion procedures.

Jesse Scheckner

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  • Hologram Joe

    July 7, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Smart plan by Trump. Do not let the Demos weaponize abortion. Take away one of the few things they can really campaign on.

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  • Michael K

    July 7, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    Word salad. What’s left of what used to be the Republican party was all in for “anti-choice” But now they realize that’s a loser with voters. Besides, the cultists had no platform in 2020 except to elect Trump. Well, that didn’t work out… so now they are throwing the radical right-wing evangelicals under the bus.

    Here’s the bottom line: there is no platform because there are no principles. This stuff is usually hammered out at a convention.

  • PeterH

    July 7, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    Nothing has changed! A nationwide ban on abortion has been the lynchpin of Republican lawmakers and policy experts since Reagan. Evangelical Christians are a core constituency within the GQP and that alliance has not diminished. PROJECT 2025 is the GQP’s roadmap for the future. PROJECT 2025’s defined strategy is to implement their authoritarian UNITARY EXECUTIVE THEORY. Make no mistake the institution of the UNITARY EXECUTIVE was just blessed by the Supreme Court and bit by bit Republicans are already laying the groundwork for LGBTQ discrimination, elimination of the Department of Education and placing Justice under the wing of the UNITARY EXECUTIVE SUPREME!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Orange Joe

    July 7, 2024 at 2:04 pm

    Spin my brothers spin. Then light up the gaslights

  • My Take

    July 7, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    Trump has backstabbed you, evangelicals.
    But don’t take it personally, he does that to everyone.
    He has no principles to restrain him.
    I’m glad he’s yours.

  • Gary Zaetz

    July 7, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    Senator Rubio is absolutely wrong to claim there is only one pro-life candidate in the presidential election this year. In fact, there are NO prolife candidates in the election. Biden is aggressively pro-abortion and Trump, by favoring returning the question of whether preborn babies can be legally murdered to the states, is passively pro-abortion. Rubio is not dumb and he knows that’s the case. Simply put, Rubio is lying, trying to pull the wool over the eyes of prolife Republicans. Shame on him and Trump for their ongoing betrayal of the babies Democrats want murdered en masse.

  • My Take

    July 8, 2024 at 11:56 am

    The Evilvangelicals are betraying Jesus. Let them taste some of their own medicine.
    Power via fascism draw the GOPer pols now, not the wellfare of the unborn.

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 8, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    “There’s only one pro-life candidate in this race, and it’s Donald Trump.” (Rubio)

    And, only one candidate whose appointments to the Supreme Court made possible the overturning of Roe.

    No woman — and any of her friends — is going to be fooled by MAGA invective. Own it!

  • Jojo

    July 12, 2024 at 7:36 am

    The reason the republican platform is so sparse is because Leonard Leo has already written it

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