Fox News host Megyn Kelly went head-to-head with Democratic National chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Tuesday, but the slippery Wasserman Schultz was as slippery as ever.
During a pointed “Kelly File” exchange over abortion, the Florida congresswoman ended up doing precisely what she accuses Sen. Rand Paul of doing — avoiding the question.
The Kentucky Republican responded to a question last week on whether he would support allowing abortions for victims of rape or incest by telling reporters to ask Wasserman Schultz if “she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that’s just not born yet.”
Kelly took up the challenge and asked Wasserman Schultz, at about the 5:45 mark, to define the beginning of life.
“Can you answer that question?” she asked.
Wasserman Schultz couldn’t — or wouldn’t. Instead, she tried to throw Kelly’s question back at Paul.
“The question that he was asked, and that he’s trying to deflect by pushing it out on me, is does he support exceptions—,” she began.
Kelly broke in to concede that Paul “hasn’t been explicit on” the issue, but reminded Wasserman Schultz that “I have you tonight” and not Paul.
Wasserman Schultz continued to ignore the question.
“So, from my perspective, from my party’s perspective, we do not support rolling back the protection that the constitutional right to make your own reproductive choices established in Roe versus Wade has given to women,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Kelly continued to press, stressing that the Supreme Court has held that states have the right to set limits on abortion.
“At what point is it appropriate to say it’s no longer between a woman and her doctor?” Kelly asked.
Wasserman Schultz continued with the “abortion is between a woman and her doctor” argument, but Kelly wasn’t buying it.
“It’s not just between a woman and her doctor. That the state has a right to step in on behalf of the fetus and say at some point that fetus does obtain rights,” Kelly said. “You would admit that you can’t have women aborting third trimester just on a whim?”
“Certainly. Certainly not on a whim,” Schultz responded.
“So that’s what he is trying to get at,” Kelly said.
“We’ve been very clear,” Schultz replied — and then she wasn’t. “There is no ambivalence here. We are very clear,” she repeated, and then again launched into the matter “between a woman and her doctor” argument.
The hypocrisy of Wasserman Schultz accusing Paul of dodging questions on the abortion issue when she does it herself wasn’t lost on viewers.
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