Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders changed their stance on abortion rights. When the question, which had not been asked to them so far, was finally asked to them, the Democratic candidates spoke about the controversial issue.
“I happen to believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to be doing with her own body,” CBS News quoted Sanders as poking at the Republican view on the issue. “But somehow on this issue they want to tell every woman in America what she should do with her body.”
He also said that it would be up to a woman, her family and physician to decide if she should perform abortion even after five months of conceiving. Clinton also voiced her support for women’s rights and Planned Parenthood
She is against the federal law which bans abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions. “Under Roe v. Wade, women have this right to make this highly personal decision with their family,” she said. “We’ve got to continue to stand up for a woman’s right to make these decisions and to defend Planned Parenthood.”
On a different note, Sanders reacted to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision of not running for the president. He said it concerned him on a broader scale that more billionaires were trying to run the country.
“It’s a bad idea for American democracy that the only people who feel in many ways that they can run for president are people who have so much money,” the Vermont senator said at the Fox News Democratic Presidential Town Hall discussion.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 8, 2016
Sanders also admitted that he talked about poverty more than any other candidate in the presidential race. Even though the United States is the “richest country in the history of the world,” 47 million people in the country live in poverty, he said.
Clinton, on the other hand, said she had great respect for Bloomberg. According to her, he has shown leadership qualities in the past. She said she would continue to work with him.