Tomorrow, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) will hold a press conference to announce if he will run for Arizona’s Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). (Current rumors indicate Franks may pass on a bid.) Whether or not he announces a Senate campaign or remains in the House of Representatives, Franks has built a record as one of the most extreme voices in the Republican caucus.
For instance, during the Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit in February, Franks told ThinkProgress that he supported impeaching President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder if they did not reverse course and defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The day after the story broke, Franks’s office released a tepid backtrack, claiming the question was “distorted.” (ThinkProgress released video of the full question and answer.) Notably, the Arizona Republican did not recant his call for impeachment.
However, Franks’s alarm over President Obama went beyond just impeachment. According to the Arizona congressman, the fate of the country hangs in the balance. After calling him “the most pro-abortion president in the history of the country,” Franks warned that if Obama wins reelection next year, “I don’t know that the country can survive that”:
KEYES: I’d love to get your reaction to President Obama ordering the Department of Justice to not defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, what your thoughts are on that?
FRANKS: President Obama has been the most pro-abortion president in the history of the country. And so his commitment to family is already in serious doubt. But to then say he won’t defend the law that protects marriage itself, it shouldn’t surprise us, I suppose. But it just further indicates that he is a left-wing ideologue of the first magnitude, and if we don’t understand that now, then I’m afraid that somehow he may get back in in two years, and I don’t know that the country can survive that.
Earlier this year, Franks also sat down with Mike Stark, where the two discussed the effects of abortion on African-Americans. Franks argued that blacks were actually better off during the time of slavery than they are now because of abortion: “Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today, than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.”