His determination to tie himself to a federal ban comes as he’s additionally making an attempt to attract consideration to Demings’ stance on abortion. His reelection marketing campaign launched a new flurry of television ads on Wednesday that contends that Demings helps “abortion as much as beginning” though she has mentioned she helps restrictions after the second of viability.
Democrats nationally have seen the Supreme Court docket ruling overturning federal abortion protections enshrined in Roe v. Wade as a catalyst to reignite supporters, a place strengthened by a current referendum in Kansas the place voters in that conservative state saved in place present abortion rights. Some Democrats have additionally overperformed in a number of Home particular elections because the excessive courtroom’s determination, signaling to the social gathering that abortion in some races might help mobilize voters.
In Florida, nonetheless, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried tried to make it a centerpiece of her Democratic major for governor by questioning the report of rival Charlie Crist. Crist beat her by practically 25 factors.
A current ballot commissioned by AARP — and executed by a group of Democratic and Republican pollsters — found that Rubio had a narrow edge over Demings 49 p.c to 47 p.c. That lead, nonetheless, widened to 5 factors amongst voters 50 or older, a key demographic in Florida. That very same ballot additionally discovered that 11 p.c thought of abortion an important situation in deciding their Senate vote — whereas 15 p.c mentioned it was inflation and rising costs.
Graham’s invoice was not universally embraced by Republicans, a few of whom have contended abortion restrictions must be left for state legislatures to resolve. Rubio himself instructed a Miami tv station just some weeks in the past that “I feel the difficulty is best determined on the state stage at this level.”
In a tweet, Rubio also mentioned that “proscribing abortions to the primary 4 months is extra lenient than just about each nation in Europe.”
Earlier this 12 months, Florida enacted a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant, however not like Graham’s invoice, it doesn’t present for exceptions for rape or incest. The laws, nonetheless, would permit states to enact stricter restrictions.
However Rubio’s public assist of the federal laws all however ensures abortion will stay a high situation in Florida’s Senate race.
Demings has defended abortion rights and continuously known as out Rubio’s anti-abortion stance throughout marketing campaign appearances. Democrats ramped up their criticism of Rubio after he mentioned he instructed CBS Miami that he was in favor of a complete ban on all abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest or human trafficking.
“I’m in favor of legal guidelines that shield human life,” Rubio mentioned in the course of the August interview. “I don’t consider that the dignity and the value of human life is tied to the circumstances of their conception, however I acknowledge that’s not a majority place.”
Rubio then added he would assist legal guidelines that included exceptions to be able to get them handed. However he additionally mentioned throughout that very same interview that it was acceptable for states to implement restrictions — not the federal authorities.
“That’s the place it ought to have all the time been,” Rubio mentioned. “That’s the place it’s now and I feel that’s the place it is going to be for the foreseeable future. We don’t have the votes, now or anytime sooner or later.”
Demings on Wednesday slammed Rubio’s determination to assist the trouble to move a federal ban and mentioned she would push to codify abortion rights that had been in place earlier than the Supreme Court docket struck them down.
“That is simply the subsequent step in Marco Rubio’s struggle to ban abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape, incest, and sexual abuse,” Demings mentioned in an announcement. “As a 27-year legislation enforcement officer who investigated instances of rape and incest, I’m appalled and disgusted. Rape is a criminal offense, incest is a criminal offense, abortion isn’t.”
Her marketing campaign additionally snapped again at Rubio’s advert. Christian Slater, a spokesperson for Demings, known as it a “repeatedly debunked lie” designed to “distract from his endorsement on extremist abortion bans.”
The Rubio marketing campaign has defended the advert by pointing to Demings voting in favor of a Home invoice that might codify Roe v. Wade. The newest model of that invoice says that states can restrict abortions after viability, however a well being care supplier can proceed if the being pregnant would “pose a danger to the pregnant affected person’s life or well being.”