A bounty of red meat will be served up in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday and Tuesday as a half-dozen possible 2024 Republican presidential contenders make their case that they are more anti-abortion than the other guy.
Headlining the Monday session at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leaders Summit is twice-impeached, one-term former President Donald Trump. The stage and holding room could get a little awkward if Trump, who still is publicly toying of making a 2024 presidential bid, were to run into some of the other speakers. Trump’s to run or not to run head feint likely has frozen potential GOP hopefuls out of fear of angering the former president.
According to a schedule that was shared first with Fox News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott are set to deliver remarks. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Florida’s Marco Rubio will take the microphone during Tuesday’s session. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, fresh off a widely panned rebuttal speech to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress, will deliver the keynote. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who reemerged on the political scene with an anti-abortion speech to the Palmetto Family Council in South Carolina, will appear via video.
SBA List, which declares its “mission is to end abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders,” is a favorite stop for conservative Republican White House hopefuls.
According to excerpts in advance of their speeches, DeSantis will spotlight how he has appointed state Supreme Court justices in Florida that “respect the rule of law and religious liberty, and by signing legislation….that empowers families and sends a clear message that we will do everything we can to protect the unborn. Building a culture of life requires us to champion policies that fight for our most vulnerable. Today is about applauding the tireless work of advocates like the Susan B. Anthony List team who defend life with vigor.”
Pence will highlight that “thanks to your support, the Trump-Pence administration became the most pro-life administration in history.”
Other members of Congress scheduled to speak at the two-day summit, which is closed to the press, are Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Reps. Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Beth Van Duyne of Texas and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.