Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

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Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

"This was a time for him to be healing and to be helpful‚ especially the time that he is looking to bring this party together and lead us in what is the most important election of our lifetime", Booker said.

By Friday night, both Biden and Booker were seen shaking hands at Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry" in Columbia, South Carolina, a gathering that attracted an additional 19 members of the crowded presidential field. When asked about the turn out, he mentioned not thinking all the candidates would show up. As Republicans have stepped up efforts to limit access to legal abortion, the issue is increasingly galvanizing Democrats.

"We've been on defense for 47 years and it's not working", Massachusetts Sen. "And at the end of the day, we are going to win that struggle".

SC will be the fourth state to vote on a candidate for the party early next year, the first in which a significant proportion of the Democratic electorate - about 60 per cent - is black.

Two days after winning the 2016 presidential election, President Trump fired his transition chief, former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and his new transition team discarded Christie's copious files and instead outsourced its nominee vetting to the Republican National Committee.

Saturday marked the second time that Biden has referenced Hollings since arriving in SC.

California Sen. Kamala Harris promised to create a federal system of "preclearance" mandating that states passing major abortion restrictions be subject to federal review, similar to how states with histories of racial discrimination long had their electoral rules scrutinized under the Voting Rights Act.

"This is about him invoking a bad power dynamic that he showed a lack of understanding or insensitivity to by invoking this idea that he was called "son" by white segregationists who, yeah, they see in him their son", the New Jersey Democrat said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Booker responded with a lame excuse: that he has to put up with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam because one of their mosques is within his constituency.

"It became really clear to me that although the Hyde Amendment was created to try to split the difference here to make sure women still had access, you can't have access if in fact everyone is covered by a federal policy", Biden said. Cory Booker called on Biden to apologize, saying on CNN Wednesday that Biden's comments resonated with him on a personal level, recalling the "indignity" of "watch (ing) another man call my father "boy" or being called that himself.

"No one is asking you to decide who to vote for today, what I'm asking you to decide is who should be on the debate stage today", US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said.

The forum drew some protesters who spent part of the morning outside it, waving black-and-white signs reading, "I am the Pro-life Generation" and "Defund Planned Parenthood".

While the candidates stumped before their party's faithful, hopes of winning SC in a general election remain thin. In 1958, he was elected governor of SC as an opponent of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in public schools.

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