Fiorina: GOP Should Shut Down Gov’t Rather Than Fund PP

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina advised Congressional Republicans to “close the government down” rather than fund Planned Parenthood in an interview set to broadcast on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Fiorina was asked, “If it comes down to closing the government down, or funding Planned Parenthood, what should the Republicans in the Congress do?” She answered, “They should close the government down.”

Fiorina also stated, “I certainly hope that the Democrats in Congress and in the Senate will be asked the question, over and over and over again. I will certainly continue to ask the question of Hillary Clinton and anyone else. So will you. I hope every Republican does. I hope every media outlet does. Explain to me, explain, more importantly, to the American people, how you can continue to support a policy that it isn’t a life until it leaves the hospital, and how can you continue to support taxpayer funding for this organization? We have to hammer away at that. Ask them the question.” And “We have a long way to go. And between now and then, beginning with this vote today, every single Republican out there, as well as I hope, every media outlet, needs to ask the question that I have been asking for weeks. How does any Democrat justify their position? How does any Democrat justify the continued taxpayer funding of this organization? And if you really think it’s necessary, then why don’t you support taxpayer funding for pregnancy centers right next door to every single Planned Parenthood facility across this nation, so that women really understand what their choices and their options are? We have to hammer the Democrats on this, because honestly, their position, which most Americans do not understand, that’s the shame of it. Most Americans don’t understand that the Democrats’ position is: It’s not a life until it leaves the hospital. Most Americans don’t agree with that position. We have to educate the American people about how extreme Democrats are.”

Regarding Planned Parenthood’s defense that the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress were edited, she responded, “Yeah, yeah, well, I didn’t hear anybody getting upset at an edited video about Mitt Romney at a fundraiser. Look, whether they’re edited or not, and by the way, the people who have made these videos have also put the unedited videos out there for everybody to see, so if you want to watch the whole thing, you can. This is not about editing. This is about a horrific process of infanticide to harvest body parts. It is abominable.”

Fiorina concluded that while there should be an investigation into Planned Parenthood by the Justice Department, “my guess is there will not be, because the Department of Justice is, as we’ve talked about before, politicized. But I applaud the attorneys general across the country who are conducting their own investigation. It has to be done.”

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