Republican strategist Matt Gorman tried to claim that abortion is not a top four issue and he was shredded by Yamiche Alcindor and Claire McCaskill.
WATCH: @mattsgorman tells the panel abortion “is not in the top four of issues.” @Yamiche and @clairecmc fiercely disagree.@Yamiche: “Abortion comes up 90% of the time” on the campaign trail.@clairecmc: It “infuriates women when they hear that.” pic.twitter.com/MR8jHQAnyz
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 11, 2022
Transcript via Meet The Press:
Yes, do you think the GOP’s got to change how they’re talking about this?
I don’t think it’s an issue in 2020 at all. I mean, I talk to Republicans every day who see these internal polls. It is not in the top four of issues. Even look at your poll last month. It was 8%. It was under climate change as an issue.
Don’t you think that democracy, though, is sharing some of those – that those who concerned about the abortion decision, maybe are in the democracy category?
I don’t know how the question was phrased, but I think with abortion and threats to democracy, we tend to connote it with, “Okay, that’s Democratic base, angry at Trump, or it’s pro-choice, angry at the decision.” Not necessarily the case. That could be a single-issue voter on abortion who’s so thankful, you know, pro-life, or folks in the Republican base think Biden’s on the way to socialism.
I can just say that, as someone who’s been out on the campaign trail, even if you ask a voter right now about health care or about the state of democracy, abortion comes up 90% of the time. And I think that to say it’s not an issue I think is very interesting to hear because, just as someone who’s out there reporting, abortion is absolutely an issue, along with inflation, along with the threat –
It’s not borne out in data. It’s just not. It’s not borne out in data.
I hope, I hope, I hope Matt keeps saying that everywhere he goes, that abortion really isn’t an issue in this election. I think that is…
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