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Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Election 2020 Debate
Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 16:18:53-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as Democrats shift leftward on abortion rights, the issue remains a potential hurdle for their efforts to connect with Catholics and other devout voters who want to see the government play a role in limiting abortions.

Democratic candidates have diverged recently on the question of whether abortion opponents are welcome in their party. Bernie Sanders said that “being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” while his rival Amy Klobuchar said that anti-abortion Democrats “are part of our party.”

Klobuchar has a strong voting record in favor of abortion rights, but some abortion opponents still lauded her for extending a hand to those on the other side of the issue.