Rand Paul’s first week on the campaign trail was marked by a surprisingly clever stand on abortion. When asked the usual media question about whether abortion bans should have exceptions, he brought the question back around to question Democrats’ “on demand and without apology” position and whether they would support exceptions for, say, a seven pound baby.
Faced with this uncomfortable question, the chairwoman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, opted for an equally uncomfortable statement that she “support[s] letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved – period.” Needless to say, Paul pressed his advantage, pointing out on Wolf Blitzer that even most pro-abortion activists weren’t comfortable with such an extreme position, and that it was costing the Democratic Party members.
Yesterday, Blitzer confronted Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz for the second time, again asking for her view on exceptions, and again she dodged:
“I answered his question specifically: We support a woman’s right to choose and we don’t support government interference between her and her doctor,” she said. “The way he tried to characterize that was to deflect and not answer the question he was asked. We still didn’t get an answer.”
Except she didn’t answer. The question needs a simple yes/no answer: Are Democrats willing to accept exceptions to their “on demand” abortion view? Schultz’s dodging suggests that Rand has found a way to flip the usual media narrative and cast Democrats as the extreme party on abortion. Here’s hoping other candidates take note.
Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles in Action.