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November 2004

Four More Years for Pro-Life President George W. Bush

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By Carol Tobias
NRL Political Director

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President George Bush and his family, shown here at the Ronald Reagan Building shortly after Sen. John Kerry conceded the election.

Pro-lifers were ecstatic with the re-election of George W. Bush as President of the United States. After a long, tough battle, we could breathe a sigh of relief, knowing a pro-life leader was in the White House for another four years.

President Bush received 51% of the vote to 48% for John Kerry. He won 286 electoral votes compared to 252 for Kerry. The almost 60 million votes cast for President Bush is more than any other presidential candidate in history.

Along with winning the White House, pro-lifers helped to elect seven new pro-life senators and 20 new pro-life members of the U.S. House.

Many hostile commentators attempted to diminish the magnitude of the President's triumph. But "Bush increased his percentage of the vote in 45 states, and his gains were particularly impressive in many of the states that he lost," wrote James W. Ceaser and Dnial DiSalvo in the Weekly Standard. "Blue America in 2004 is of a decidedly lighter hue than it was in 2000." (See President's column on page 3, and the editorial on page 2 for more details.)


New Pro-Lifers Added to United States House and Senate

By Carol Tobias
NRL Political Director

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Florida Senator-elect Mel Martinez celebrates with supporters.

Pro-lifers cheered the re-election of pro-life President George W. Bush, but also had another reason to rejoice election night: the victories of pro-life candidates running for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. These gains will strengthen the President's hand in dealing with the leadership of the Democratic Party, which is dominated by strong pro-abortion advocates.


Of the nine new members of the Senate, seven are pro-life. The new pro-life senators are Mel Martinez of Florida, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, David Vitter of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and John Thune of South Dakota. All seven are Republican.

Overall, pro-lifers made a net gain of three votes in the Senate.

The closest election in the Senate won by a pro-lifer was a real nail-biter. Mel Martinez defeated pro-abortion Betty Castor (D) in Florida, receiving 49% to Castor's 48%. Out of 7,410,852 votes cast, Martinez won by only 83,582.


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From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.


The expectations had gone so out of control that, on Tuesday afternoon, we reporters [in Boston] had already moved on to the second-, third-, and fourth-day stories. The exit polls seemed to show such a clear sweep of the battleground states for John Kerry that the news of his victory already seemed stale. Yep, it's true. We were already speculating about the dynamics of Kerry's reelection campaign. A newspaper reporter at a major daily polished an article about George W. Bush's concession speech.
The mood among Kerry staffers was celebratory.
The mood shifted markedly in the early evening.
When the two giant TV screens flashed Tom Brokaw's visage at 1 a.m., the crowd collectively held its breath. "It's our projection that George W. Bush is the winner of the twenty electoral votes in Ohio." Al Franken, the liberal comedian and radio host, looked dumbfounded.

---"Night Falls," Ryan Lizza, in New Republic Online, 11/04/2004

I grew up in Missouri and most of my family voted for Bush, so I am going to be the one to say it: The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry.
Ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states. Listen to what the red state citizens say about themselves, the songs they write, and the sermons they flock to.

---novelist Jane Smiley, on the web journal, 11/04/2004

By Wednesday morning, the country had chosen Bush over Anybody But Bush by a margin of 3.5 million votes.

---Ellen Goodman, progressive Boston Globe columnist, 11/04/2004

Bush was reelected because he told Americans in the clearest possible language who he is and what he stands for. Just enough of them liked what they heard. Kerry left voters, including many people who voted for him, scratching their heads.

---Eileen McNamara, progressive Boston Globe columnist, 11/07/2004


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