Eddie Edwards, who is running to become a New Hampshire U.S. congressman, refused on Wednesday to explain why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape.
At a debate with Democratic opponent Chris Pappas, Edwards was asked to defend his anti-abortion stance, but he insisted that the issue was too divisive to talk about, according to The Associated Press.
“When Pappas asked him to explain his position opposing abortion even in the case of rape, Edwards called the question itself divisive because the matter wouldn’t come before Congress,” the AP reported.
Edwards, who is black, also argued that talking about LGBT rights, race issues and President Donald Trump only serves to divide the country.
“We look for ways to divide our country, so we point to the president’s language sometimes,” Edwards opined. “To constantly go back and forth and try to demonize the president is wrong. I think it’s misguided because we see similar behavior across the board. … The question is designed to draw conflict.”
“I’m not special because I’m black, Chris isn’t special because he’s gay, you’re not special because you’re a woman,” Edwards explained to the female moderator. “We constantly try to divide us up into categories and believe we have to protect one group of Americans over another while demonizing one group over another, or promoting one group over another. I think it’s time we get back to respecting all Americans.”
Pappas, however, disagreed.
“If there’s a member of the LBGT community out there who’s questioning their place in our state, maybe this sends a really strong, positive message to them,” Pappas remarked. “I’m excited to be a part of a newer generation stepping forward to run for Congress this year. … I think it’s important that everyone has a seat at the table. At the end of the day, we’re going to see better policy that’s rooted in the communities of New Hampshire as a result.”
Watch the debate below from New Hampshire Public Radio.
Trump’s reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O’Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says
Texas voters are split when asked about reelecting the president, and Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke are their favorites for the Democratic nomination to challenge him, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Half of the registered voters in Texas would vote to reelect President Donald Trump, but half of them would not, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Few of those voters were wishy-washy about it: 39% said they would “definitely” vote to reelect Trump; 43% said they would “definitely not” vote for him. The remaining 18% said they would “probably” (11%) or “probably not” (7%) vote to give Trump a second term.
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker attacks but does not want war
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and called on the international community to take a “decisive stand”, but said that the kingdom does not want a war in the region.
Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, which the United States also blamed on Iran, have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Iran has denied any role in the strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.