My #FITN choice is Fiorina; and I agree with the Iowa pro-life women saying “anyone but Trump”

2016’s first-in-the-nation primary is just around the corner here in New Hampshire. You are registered to vote, aren’t you?

I offer this in a spirit of good will, knowing that New Hampshire prolifers are all over the place with candidates. Barring any big news, this will be the last presidential primary post I make before next Tuesday. We have local issues to deal with.

Here’s a vote for Carly…

I’ve decided that I’m going to pick up a GOP ballot Tuesday and vote for Carly Fiorina. I like her attitude, her optimism, her fearlessness, and the unique experience – private, political, philanthropic – she brings to the field.  I like the passion with which she’s been an advocate for the taxpayers’ right to divest from the abortion industry. She’s spent her entire adult life in the midst of executive decision-making and team-building. I believe she would support pro-life initiatives, and she would learn from prolife grassroots instead of dictating to us or talking down to us.

She’s not part of the system that just gave us a Planned Parenthood-funding federal budget vote despite the leadership of people from whom we had reason to expect better.

I recognize that she’s polling in single digits at the moment. That’s actually one reason I’m moved to support her now: I’m distressed at the prospect that her voice may be lost to the presidential race before we even get to Super Tuesday (the March 1 boatload of primaries). It’s way too early to abandon the field to the biggest mouths and deepest pockets. The overall presidential campaign will be better off for having her in the conversation as voters in more states evaluate the candidates.

I love what she told James Pindell of the Boston Globe right after candidates Paul and Santorum withdrew from the race. Would she follow them? “No, I am not next on that list. You see, I’ve come further, from further behind than anyone running. I’ve beaten the people, who are ahead of the polls of me here, in Iowa. I have beaten people or tied with them who have spent tens of millions of dollars. No, I am in this for the long haul.”

She belongs in this weekend’s debate with other GOP candidates. The two-tier nonsense should be a thing of the past, with several candidates having dropped out in recent days. Still, Fiorina’s in limbo.  She wrote an open letter to the Republican National Committee yesterday about that, urging the RNC to take on ABC News, host of the debate.

Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along — not to be able to fit candidates on the stage — but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion. Now it is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents….As of today, I will be the only candidate kept off the debate stage. To review, we beat Governors Christie and Kasich in Iowa this week when voters actually had their say. This campaign has the same number of delegates as Governors Bush and Kasich while Governor Christie has zero. We’re ahead of Dr. Carson in New Hampshire polling. We are 6th in hard dollars raised and have twice the cash on hand as either Governors Christie or Kasich. We are already on the ballot in 32 states, and there is a ground game with paid staff in 12 states. Yet, all of these candidates will be invited to the ABC debate. I will not.

Whether or not she gets the respect she deserves from ABC or party leaders, she gets a vote from me.

…and here’s a warning about Donald Trump

I read the papers. I know how the polls are looking in the Granite State. Donald Trump is riding high, with a second-place Iowa finish to his credit.  I decline to jump on his bandwagon.

Some Iowa pro-life women, joined by national pro-life activists, released a letter before the Iowa caucuses with a blunt message: anyone but Trump. Here’s the letter in full, with its signatories as of January 26. I endorse this letter, particularly its second paragraph.

Dear Iowans,

As pro-life women leaders from Iowa and across the nation, we urge Republican caucus-goers and voters to support anyone but Donald Trump. On the issue of defending unborn children and protecting women from the violence of abortion, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted and there is, thankfully, an abundance of alternative candidates with proven records of pro-life leadership whom pro-life voters can support.  We have come to this conclusion after having listened patiently to numerous debates and news reports, but most importantly to Donald Trump’s own words.

The next president will be responsible for as many as four nominations to the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has given us only one indication about the type of judges he would appoint, and it does not bode well for those who would like to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade. Mr. Trump has said his sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who struck down the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in New Jersey, would be a “phenomenal” choice for the court.  Earlier this month, Mr. Trump also said he thought pro-choice Senator Scott Brown would make a “very good” Vice President. If one truly believes, as we do, that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life and is committed to the pro-life priorities of ending abortion after five months, and defunding the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, it would be a disaster to have a vice president who disagrees. [Note: Brown endorsed Trump in New Hampshire on February 2.]

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.  He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.

America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either.  Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate.

signed by:

Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life; Denise Bubeck, Member and Iowa Volunteer, Concerned Women for America; Kendra Burger, Director of Educational Outreach, Iowa Right to Life; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List; Maggie Gallagher, Columnist & Author; Christine Hurley, Iowa Pro-life Activist; Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman, Concerned Women for America; Aimee Murphy, Founder, Life Matters Journal; Marilyn Musgrave, Fmr. Congresswoman, VP of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List; Penny Nance, President and CEO, Concerned Women for America; Melissa Ohden, Iowa Native, Abortion Survivor and Pro-life Activist & Speaker; Star Parker, Founder and President, Urbancure; Jill Stanek, National Campaign Chair, Susan B. Anthony List; Luana Stoltenberg, Iowa Leader, Operation Outcry. [Titles and affiliations are for identifications purposes only.]

Yes, I know Sarah Palin took issue with that letter.

I have colleagues and friends backing different candidates in the primary, and God bless ’em, every one.  I don’t buy into any support-my-guy-or-you’re-not-really-prolife message. This will be an interesting election. Be sure to do your part.

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