Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer is hopeful Democrats in Texas are foolish enough to nominate an abortion extremist as their candidate for governor next year.
Democrat Wendy Davis has officially entered the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race. Until this summer, Davis was just an obscure state senator from Haltom City, Texas. But she was catapulted into the national spotlight in June by her 11-hour filibuster against a pro-life bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, sets minimum standards for abortion clinics, requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and regulates use of the abortion drug RU-486.
While she managed to help bring down the legislation in that session, Texas lawmakers soon thereafter reintroduced the bill, and retiring Republican Governor Rick Perry signed it into law in July. The day after the bill was signed, Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast announced it was shuttering three of its 12 facilities by the end of August.
Davis has been hailed as a rising star by the far Left, but polls have her trailing likely Republican nominee Attorney General Gregg Abbott by eight points. Gary Bauer of American Values says he really hopes Texas Democrats are out of touch enough to nominate such a pro-abortion extremist.
"She is for abortion in all nine months of the pregnancy – and she's willing to battle to make sure that those abortions take place in abortion facilities that do not meet health standards,” he explains. “I’m absolutely convinced that if the Democrats are foolish enough to nominate her, she will be defeated by historic margins in the election in Texas."
In an earlier interview with OneNewsNow, Bauer disputed the claims of Davis’s supporters who claim she is standing for what they call the “pro-choice” majority in America.
"I cannot find one state in the union where there is polling data that shows a majority of people – not only in Texas but even in liberal states like New York – who think that there ought to be unrestricted abortion in late-term pregnancies,” states the staunch pro-life advocate. “That is not what the American people believe – and the fact that she thinks they do shows you how out of touch the Left is in America."
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At least one other Democrat may face Davis in the March 4 primary next year. Abbott faces a challenge from former Texas state GOP chairman Tom Pauken.