As we have put it, if you find an abortion-hating, gun toting nun who will help you save the forest, put her on the committee.
NPR - Sen. Bernie Sanders is campaigning for Omaha, Neb., mayoral candidate Heath Mello Thursday night, and he's not apologizing for it.
"Absolutely, and I want him to win," Sanders, I-Vt., told NPR Thursday, after a rally in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Omaha event wasn't that notable – just one of several red state visits on the DNC itinerary — until Thursday morning. That's when Ilyse Hogue, the president of abortion rights advocate NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a statement blasting Sanders and Perez for spending time and resources campaigning alongside a Democrat who opposes abortion rights.
"The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women – one of the most critical constituencies for the party – of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid," Hogue said. "Today's action makes this so-called 'fight back tour' look more like a throw-back tour for women and our rights."
Sanders pushed back against the criticism. "The truth is that in some
conservative states there will be candidates that are popular
candidates who may not agree with me on every issue. I understand it.
That's what politics is about," Sanders told NPR.
"If we are going to protect a woman's right to choose, at
the end of the day we're going to need Democratic control over the House
and the Senate, and state governments all over this nation," he said.
"And we have got to appreciate where people come from, and do our best
to fight for the pro-choice agenda. But I think you just can't exclude
people who disagree with us on one issue."