In an interview with the Associated Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed his position on abortion. When asked if he thinks there should be any exceptions for rape and/or incest, AP noted he “would not say” and that he “grew testy” when pressed about the issue.
During a campaign stop, Paul was asked about the interview and he said, “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus? 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.”
In a bit of a smack-down, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shcultz issued a statement to CNN answering his question:
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, Senator Paul. We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women –– but do you stand by your opposition to any exceptions, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother? Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty’? And I’d appreciate it if you could respond without ‘shushing’ me.”
Wasserman-Schultz was referring to how Paul treats the female pundits who interview him. He shushes them and mansplains.
Later, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Paul answered Wasserman-Schultz with typical and tired anti-choice talking points.
Paul is a lifelong Republican with Libertarian leanings. The excerpt below was directly lifted from the Libertarian Party Platform:
Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”
Makes one wonder if Paul is just pandering to the GOP base.
Watch the exchange with Blitzer and Paul: