Debbie Wasserman Schultz Slams Rand Paul, ‘He’s More Out Of Touch Than I Thought’

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rand Paul went round and round last week with Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul over reproductive rights.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Paul discussed his position on abortion. When asked if he thought there should be any exceptions for rape and/or incest, dodged the question and “grew testy” when pressed about the issue.

During a campaign stop, a New Hampshire reporter pressed him further, and, once again, Paul dodged the question – this time deflecting it to Wasserman Schultz:

Here’s the deal – we always seen to have the debate way over here on what are the exact details of exemptions, or when it starts. Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is not born yet.

Wasserman Schultz responded that she would “support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved – period,” and tossed it back to Paul, urging him to answer the original question.

Paul dodged the question again, prompting Wasserman Schultz to respond:

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. 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.

She went on to note that Paul seems to be confused regarding the central issues for voters going into the 2016 election cycle. Wasserman Schultz has been very outspoken about her belief that the economy will be the main issue, that whether a candidate is pro-choice or pro-life is not going to drive the vote.

Voters are going to go to the polls and they’re going to choose who they want for president based on who has their back, who they believe has their back, and whether they perceive the candidate they’re choosing for president is going to help them reach the ladders of success.

Speaking specifically to Rand Paul getting mired in the abortion debate, Wasserman Schultz stated this week that:

If that’s what he thinks is the central issue and priority for the American voters and will drive the ultimate choice they make, then he’s more out of touch than I thought.

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