Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) put the smackdown on his Republican opponent for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats during a debate Thursday night in Arizona. GOP candidate Blake Masters was a deer caught in the headlights when Kelly challenged him on his views about women’s reproductive rights and choice.
“Under Roe v. Wade there are protections and restrictions that were allowed under that law,” said Kelly. “And late-term abortion in this country only happens when there is a serious problem. And, you know, that is what I support
Calling the so-called “pro-life” Republican out for scrubbing his campaign website of his extremist views and pushing back on the context-free GOP narrative that Democrats support late-term abortions, the veteran former astronaut repudiated the false claims by Masters that Kelly supports late-term abortion:
“That is nonsense,” Kelly declared. “That is absolutely not true. I support the restrictions and protections that were allowed under Roe v. Wade. An abortion only happens late in pregnancy when there are serious issues. And folks, it is heartbreaking when this happens. Often, the child is wanted.”
“My opponent, remember what he has said,” Kelly reminded the audience. “He supports a national abortion ban … it criminalizes this decision. He has said — and this is not years ago, he said very recently — that he wants to punish the doctors. He has called abortion ‘demonic’. ‘Religious sacrifice’. I don’t even know what that means, folks. But what I am doing is, I am protecting your constitutional rights that you have lost because of rhetoric like this.”
The Peter Thiel-backed, Republican sycophant candidate said:
“I am pro-life, I believe in limits,” Masters insisted. “I think we should be like every civilized country in the world. Just last year, Arizona passed a law that limits abortions after 15 weeks. I support that law. That is where Arizonans find a reasonable place to draw the line. I prefer limits at the federal level. Lindsey Graham has proposed a 15 week with common exceptions. And I support that. I believe in limits. Mark Kelly believes in no limits at all.”
Like most of the GOP candidates for office in 2022, Blake Masters can’t handle the truth – or the heat in the kitchen. Kelly cornered his adversary, ally-ooped, and slam-dunked on Master’s hypocrisy.
“My opponent wants a national abortion ban taking away your rights,” Kelly said. “I’m going to protect abortion. I’m going to protect your constitutional rights,” Kelly said in his closing remarks.
Let’s hope that Kelly’s message gets through to the voters of Arizona.
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