- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2013

POST-PERRY POSSIBILITY

The new law in Texas that bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation and strengthens health standards at abortion clinics has transformed Gov. Rick Perry and pro-life state lawmakers into legislative role models of sorts.

“This monumental new law sheds light on the urgent need for action in the U.S. Senate. Unborn children and women deserve federal protection from horrific late-term abortions,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life interest group.

“Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans support protecting babies and women late in pregnancy and Senate Majority Leader Reid should bring this to the floor for a vote. If he and his Senate colleagues stand with the American people against the barbarism of late-term abortion, they have nothing to fear from a Senate vote,” Mrs. Dannenfelser continues.

“Conversely, remaining silent on this — especially in the aftermath of Kermit Gosnell and other abortion clinic horrors — would be both a moral and political mistake,” she warns. “Real lives are at stake. Washington, as well as the abortion lobby, must not be allowed to ignore the women and babies suffering barbaric late-term abortions nationwide.”

CRUZ CONTROL

The winds of 2016 have begun to blow in earnest, perhaps: one Texas Republican is in Iowa this very moment. That would be Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s already arrived in Des Moines to host a sold-out summer picnic for the Republican Party of Iowa. But wait. In addition, Mr. Cruz is a keynote speaker for “Pastors and Pews,” a two-day closed-press event for several hundred evangelical Christian pastors now underway in the city, sponsored by the American Renewal Project. Also on the speakers roster: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has the polling edge, at least for now.

“The goal is the mobilization of pastors and pews to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture,” organizer and project founder David Lane recently told The Dallas Morning News.

“We’ve been in 15 states now, largely under the radar, and we’ve had 10,000 pastors plus spouses that we’ve put up overnight and fed three meals. The purpose is to get the pastors — the shepherds in America — to engage the culture through better registration and get out the vote,” Mr. Lane explained.

Meanwhile, the all-important numbers from a July 11 Public Policy Polling survey of voters in the Hawkeye State: Mr. Paul is in the lead with 18 percent of the vote, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (16 percent), Jeb Bush (14 percent), Sen. Marco Rubio (11 percent), Mr. Cruz (10 percent), Rick Santorum (6 percent), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (2 percent) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (1 percent).

Mr. Cruz, incidentally, heads to New Hampshire to address the Republican State Committee on Aug. 23.

KING PIN

A Homeland Security stalwart has his eye on the White House? Could be.

“I’m going to certainly give it thought. I’m going to see where it goes. My concern right now is I don’t see anyone at the national level speaking enough on, to me, what’s important — national security, homeland security, counterterrorism,” Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, told ABC News.

He’s got his preferences, though.

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