Former Obama Campaign Faith Director: Dems' Victories Seem 'Secondary' to 'Unapologetic' Pro-Choice Stance
The Obama presidential campaign's faith outreach director said Democrats today are so focused on abortion rights that they may be ceding ground in other political arenas.
Michael Wear said that Obama himself said while president that the annual number of abortions "should be reduced" and that the Democratic Party used to view the choice to have an abortion as "safe, legal and rare."
Wear said that Democrats can have multiple concerns about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but that the focus on Roe v. Wade is taking up airspace that could be used to debate other things.
Tucker Carlson played tape of several Democrats, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand railing against the right for their opposition on the abortion issue.
"Democratic victory seemed secondary to them," Wear said of Democrats who are heavily focused on the abortion issue.
He also mentioned one key 2016 race where the issue may have cost them a flipped Senate seat.
In Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Zionsville, narrowly won reelection over Democrat Katie McGinty.
McGinty, the former chief of staff to Gov. Thomas Wolf (D-Pa.), campaigned as a pro-choice candidate, while the conservative Toomey is pro-life.
Toomey's margin of victory was less than two percent in a key "purple" state where President Trump only very narrowly became the first Republican to earn the Commonwealth's electoral vote since the 1980s.
Wear said Democrats should understand the "cost" of an "unapologetic approach" in elections like that.