WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2013, ( – The Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address has been referred to as Marco Rubio's “watergate,” because the Florida Republican awkwardly paused to take a sip of water in mid-speech. However, the Florida Republican made two references to the enduring value and sanctity of life.

“America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious,” Rubio said early in his remarks.

Near his conclusion, he returned again to the theme by sharing an anecdote about how newborn children are an inspiration.

“Tonight, all across this land, parents will hold their newborn children in their arms for the first time,” he said. “Maybe they’re young mothers, all alone, the father of their child long gone.”

“But tonight, when they look into the eyes of their child for the first time, their lives will change forever,” he stated. “Because in those eyes, they will see what my parents saw in me, and what your parents saw in you. They will see all the hopes and dreams they once had for themselves.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Senator Rubio's “eloquence and insight.”

“Senator Rubio is right. How we honor the worth of every human life is the true measure of our character,” she said. “Our union can never be secure and strong until we protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us.  

“We thank Senator Rubio for his leadership and the promise he represents of a new direction for our nation on the sanctity of every human life.”

In a subsequent interview with David Brody of CBN News, Rubio underlined his preeminent commitment to the issue of the unborn.

“This issue of life is a fundamental issue. It’s not a political issue,” he said.

“This is about protecting people, human beings who maybe can’t speak yet and haven’t been born, perhaps don’t have a name or a social security number but they’re fully human nonetheless,” he said. “They’re valuable and they’re precious and they deserve to be protected.”

“The fundamental issue of life is one that I will never change my opinion on,” he concluded.

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Senator Rand Paul gave the Tea Party response to the State of the Union. Although he did not specifically address abortion in his remarks, he is an outspoken member of the GOP's pro-life wing.

He campaigned as a “100 percent pro-life” candidate in the Tea Party landslide of 2010 and has introduced legislation to end abortion. The Kentucky Republican was detained by TSA agents last year en route to address the March for Life.


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