Klobuchar: ‘We need to build a big tent’ for anti-abortion Democrats

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Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobucharklobuchar 083015getty - Klobuchar: 'We need to build a big tent' for anti-abortion DemocratsAmy Jean KlobucharPolitical tourists swarm New Hampshire Klobuchar attracts big crowds in primary’s final days The Hill’s Campaign Report: Candidates make last-minute push in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) said Tuesday the Democratic party should be a “big tent” for people of different beliefs, including those who oppose abortion rights. 

Klobuchar, who is running as a moderate alternative to Sens. Bernie Sanderssandersbernie 052317gn2 lead - Klobuchar: 'We need to build a big tent' for anti-abortion DemocratsBernie SandersTrump tweets scene from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ featuring ‘Make America Great Again’ hat Trump holds New Hampshire campaign rally on the eve of primary Bill Weld secures one Iowa delegate in longshot primary challenge to Trump MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warrenwarrenelizabeth 013117vsj lead - Klobuchar: 'We need to build a big tent' for anti-abortion DemocratsElizabeth Ann WarrenPolitical tourists swarm New Hampshire Klobuchar attracts big crowds in primary’s final days Democratic senators press Amazon over injury rates MORE (D-Mass.), said while she is “pro-choice” the party shouldn’t shut out Democrats who disagree. 

“There are pro-life Democrats, and they are part of our party, and I think we need to build a big tent,” she said.

“I think we need to bring people in instead of shutting them out.” 

Klobuchar and other Democratic presidential candidates have vowed to reverse the Trump administration’s anti-abortion policies and to only appoint judges that support Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established a woman’s right to abortion. 

While every Democrat running for president supports abortion rights, the general public is still divided on the issue and many support some restrictions on the procedure. 

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in December, 15 percent of Democrats surveyed consider themselves “pro-life” while 84 percent said they are “pro-choice.” 

Pete Buttigiegbuttigiegpete 012319gn lead - Klobuchar: 'We need to build a big tent' for anti-abortion DemocratsPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump tweets scene from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ featuring ‘Make America Great Again’ hat Bill Weld secures one Iowa delegate in longshot primary challenge to Trump Political tourists swarm New Hampshire MORE, former South Bend., Ind. mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, received a question on the issue from an anti-abortion Democrat at a Fox News town hall last month. 

“I respect where you’re coming from, and I hope to earn your vote, but I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice,” Buttigieg said.

“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 — 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’s faced with that decision.”

Supporting abortion rights is a key part of the Democratic National Committee’s platform. Campaign groups like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have faced pressure from progressives to stop supporting Democrats who oppose abortion rights. 

The Democratic Attorneys General Association announced in November it would only endorse candidates that support abortion access.

 



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