What the Positions of High-Profile Republicans Says About Scott Garrett
Todd Akin’s position on abortion (separating “legitimate” and “forcible” rape from your run-of -the-mill rape) will probably cost Republicans a seat in the Senate that they otherwise would have won. Indiana Republican Senate nominee, Richard Mourdock’s statement that a rape pregnancy “is something that God intended to happen” is jeopardizing a seat that Republicans have easily held since 1977.
During the Vice Presidential Debate, Paul Ryan’s position on abortion was cited as the biggest reason undecided voters thought Joe Biden won the debate. Ryan has co-sponsored 38 anti-choice pieces of legislation including the now infamous H.R. 3 which originally contained language about “forcible” rape. Further, as a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, Ryan actually proposed an amendment that included the term “forcible rape.”
When polled on the issue of abortion, American citizens strongly support exemptions for rape, life and health of the mother. Candidates staking out these far from mainstream positions have found themselves rejected by their constituents once the media shines a spotlight on the position of these candidates when it comes to their extreme stances.
Scott Garrett has practically an identical voting record as Todd Akin. His voting record is even closer to that of Paul Ryan’s. Scott Garrett votes the same way as Michelle Bachmann 93% of the time. Steve King (R-IA) who has compared immigrants to dogs has voted the same way as Scott Garrett 92% of the time. My point here is that these far-right Members of Congress pay a political price when people start paying attention to what they say and how they vote. Successfully calling out these Representatives has caused some serious back-peddling. Have a look at Paul Ryan’s attempt to distance himself on his own statements on “forcible” rape.
Scott Garrett is right out there on the fringe with these other elected Republicans. He hasn’t had to defend his extremist positions or heaven for bid disavow any of them because the media and his constituents haven’t made a strong enough issue out of how far out of step Scott Garrett is with the people who live here in the 5th.