Marco Rubio Challenged By Megyn Kelly On Pro-Life Stance

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., departs through the kitchen after speaking at Wellman's Pub & Rooftop in West Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. )
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Senator Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly last night, and was questioned about his pro-life stance on abortion.

After playing a campaign ad from Rubio talking about his pro-life beliefs, Kelly asked him if that would hurt him in the general election.

“Now what about that,” Kelly said. “Because that might appeal to Iowa voters, but many feel, if you become the nominee, you have to appeal to the general electorate, that that will be alienated to Independents who may be more socially liberal, fiscally conservative, what do you think?”

Rubio replied:

I always tell people where I stand and that’s where I stand. I’m deeply pro-life, I believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. I’ve always recognized it’s a tough issue – you have a young girl who’s pregnant, knows that she’s going to have to raise the child by herself and she’s scared. That’s tough and I recognize a woman has a right to control her body, but I believe there’s another right at stake, and that’s the right of a human being to live. These two rights are in conflict. So as a policymaker I have to choose and I have chosen life and voters deserve to know that. I don’t even view it as a political issue, I view it as a human rights issue.

When asked to react to the news that Donald Trump was skipping the Fox News debate, he told Kelly that they couldn’t force him to attend.

“Obviously he has a right not to come, you can’t force someone to come,” he said. “Obviously it means more time for the rest of us.”

Kelly asked him if he had any pre-debate rituals before going to a debate.

“I don’t know about – ‘it’s a ritual.’” he said. “I mean I like going to church in the morning, Catholic Mass before our debate days.”