On Sunday, Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg refused to tell a Democrat voter that her anti-abortion views were welcome in the party after being repeatedly asked about the issue during a Fox News town hall event.
“I’m a proud pro-life Democrat. So, do you want the support of pro-life Democrats, pro-life Democratic voters? ” audience member Kristen Day, president of the Washington D.C. organization Democrats for Life, asked. “There are about 21 million of us, and if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?”
“I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision,” Buttigieg replied. “I know that the difference of opinion that you and I have is one that we have come by honestly. And the best that I can offer — and it may win your vote, and if not, I understand. The best that I can offer is that, if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line. And in my view, it’s the woman who is faced with that decision in her own life.”
After town hall moderator Chris Wallace asked Day if she was satisfied with Buttigieg’s answer, she replied, “I was not because he didn’t answer the second part of my question,” Day said. “The Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don’t belong, we have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months; the government should pay for it. And there’s nothing that says that people that have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party.”
“I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone,” Buttigieg said. “And I support the Roe v. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy, there are very few restrictions and later in pregnancy, there are very few exceptions. And again, the best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue, and hopefully we’ll be able to partner on other issues.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 27, 2020
Political commentator Katie Pavlich described the event on Twitter, writing “Pete Buttigieg just told a pro-life, Democrat *woman* she has no place in today’s Democrat Party. All she asked for was a recognition there is diversity of thought on the issue and that it be put in the platform language. He said no and told her to deal with it.”
Pete Buttigieg just told a pro-life, Democrat *woman* she has no place in today’s Democrat Party. All she asked for was a recognition there is diversity of thought on the issue and that it be put in the platform language. He said no and told her to deal with it.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 27, 2020