I thought Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and even Ron Paul had good answers on Adam Smith’s question as to whether the federal government should have more say than a spouse with regard to end of life decisions vis a vis Terri Schiavo who was a resident of Florida.
Santorum corrected Smith in saying he had not visited Schiavo’s bed side but had interceded on behalf of Schiavo’s parents who were his constituents in Pennsylvania. After all, while Schiavo’s husband wanted her dead, her parents were prepaed to take care of her. Newt pointed out the effort that we make on behalf of prisoners on death row to preserve life, the same courtesy should be extended to someone to preserve life of the terminally ill by way of a federal hearing. While Ron Paul favored that such a situation be handled on the state level, he pointed out that these situations can largely be avoided through living wills.
Mitt Romney did not get asked his opinion on the matter.