Amy Klobuchar thanks View host for shutting up Meghan McCain so she can speak
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Meghan McCain (ABC)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited "The View" to discuss her presidential campaign, but host Joy Behar had to quiet Meghan McCain so their guest could get a chance to speak.


A debate erupted over reproductive rights after McCain demanded to know whether the Minnesota Democrat supported "late-term abortion," which she and other Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have made a campaign issue by distorting comments by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

"Democrats look like they've gone very extreme on this issue," McCain said. "It's gone from being the party of 'safe, legal and rare' to having a conversation of late term abortion up until birth with the Ralph Northam controversy."

Klobuchar admitted she wasn't very familiar with the Democratic governor's comments but said she supported a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, and Behar fact-checked McCain as she tried to pin down the senator to make a definitive statement.

"Meghan, that is so rare," Behar said.

McCain insisted it was an important cultural topic, and Behar reminded her the issue was "based on a lie" about procedure -- and the two briefly bickered over the merits.

"I don't think it's that hard to say, 'I'm not for late-term abortion,'" McCain said.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said the argument had been debunked, and then guest co-host Ana Navarro attempted to explain the medical aspects of the issue before McCain interrupted.

"Fifty percent of the population is pro-life, 50 percent of the population is pro-choice," McCain said.

McCain then briefly looked aside and said she wanted to hear from Klobuchar, and Behar agreed.

"Please let her speak," Behar said, gesturing to the senator.

"Thank you," Klobuchar said, pointing out that 72 percent of Americans supported keeping the Roe v. Wade decision in place.

"That's not what I'm talking about," McCain interrupted, but the senator pressed on.

"No, but that includes people that might make a personal decision not to have an abortion, that's their personal decision," Klobuchar said. "But they don't think their views should influence other people's views. They have taken this so far any discussion about the nuances and things, that's not where we are right now. These guys are setting this up, using women as political pawns to go to the Supreme Court. Anyone that cares about families' rights to make their own decisions, this election couldn't be more important."