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Wasserman Schultz Hedges on Abortion, Accuses Paul of Doing Same

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 10:20 PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), continued her attack on Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul for hedging on his abortion views Tuesday — while hedging on her own and those of her party.

Wasserman Schultz and Paul, a Kentucky senator, have traded barbs for the past week over the issue, starting one day after Paul officially declared his Oval Office aspirations.

Paul in the past has backed anti-abortion bills that have included exceptions such as rape, incest, or to save the mother's life. But he also has backed bills that didn't include the exceptions.

When asked by the Associated Press last Wednesday, Paul said, "The thing is about abortion — and about a lot of things — is that I think people get tied up in all these details of, sort of, you're this or this or that, or you're hard and fast [on] one thing or the other."

Later in the day, Paul was asked about the interview, which was attended by DNC reporters.

"Why don't we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus?" Paul responded. "You go back and go ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she's OK with killing a 7-pound baby that's just not born yet. Ask her when life begins, and ask Debbie when she's willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me."

Wasserman Schultz quickly responded, saying "Here's an answer. I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Sen. Paul."

Later that day on CNN, Paul said, "Well, it sounds like her answer is yes, that she's OK with killing a 7-pound baby."

Reporters have continued to ask Paul whether he supports exemptions, but he has continued to hedge, giving the same answer he did to the AP.

On Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz appeared on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File," where host Megyn Kelly asked about the spat.

Wasserman Schultz repeated her charge that Paul was deflecting the question.

Kelly admitted that Paul had hedged, but pushed Wasserman Schultz on her own and her party's position.

"I'll speak for myself," Wasserman Schultz said. "A woman's right to make her own decisions about her body should be between her and her doctor. And that, in terms of personal liberty, we definitely have a different opinion, Rand Paul and I do. "

Kelly continued pushing Wasserman Schultz on whether she supported a right to abortion in the second or third trimesters, but she didn't give an answer.

"We've been very clear. There's no ambivalence here," Wasserman Schultz insisted. "That decision is best left not to government but between a woman and her doctor. I can't tell you a specific date and time past which … in all cases are certain that that choice shouldn't be made. That decision is very unique and individual to the woman, and should be in consultation with her conscience and her God and her doctor."

Wasserman Shultz ended the interview saying Paul should "answer the darn question."

Fox News political analyst Brit Hume later on the program accused Wasserman Schultz of evading the question herself.

"She ducked it and dodged it, because I think she recognizes that when you get to a certain stage of a pregnancy, a lot of Americans are deeply uneasy with the fetus being aborted," Hume said.

Kelly agreed, saying, "It was ironic. She's demanding specific answers from Rand Paul."

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), continued her attack on Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul for hedging on his abortion views Tuesday — while hedging on her own and those of her party.
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