GOP Senate nominee Don Bolduc says when it comes to abortion decisions, those are best left to be made by men in the Republican Party.
Speaking at a town hall in Auburn, New Hampshire, last Wednesday, Bolduc, 60, a retired Army brigadier general, took an unusually and vocally misogynistic tone. He actually said the quiet part out loud.
When asked about whether abortion laws should be decided at the state or federal level, Mother Jones reports, Bolduc said, “It belongs to the state. It belongs to these gentlemen right here, who are state legislators representing you. That is the best way I think, as a man, that women get the best voice. At the state level, not at the federal level. It’s really Senator [Maggie] Hassan that doesn’t understand this.”
He added that Hassan, the state’s incumbent Democratic senator, who is beating him by around eight percentage points in the polls, “needs to get on board with the Supreme Court decision” to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Abortion is banned at 24 weeks in New Hampshire, with exceptions for fatal fetal diagnoses and the life of the pregnant person, according to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
Hassan’s press secretary, Sydney Petersen, told HuffPost that “Every chance he gets, Bolduc reinforces that he believes politicians—and more specifically Republican men—should control a woman’s most personal decision about her future [...] His most recent comment further underscores that if elected, he would dismiss half the population, and it’s clear that he would be a yes vote for a nationwide abortion ban.”
Bolduc must have thought he needed to take a firm stand on abortion and attack women because, as Politico reports, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) recently pulled the rest of its campaign ad funds out of New Hampshire in favor of states with more winnable candidates than Bolduc.
“The NRSC will redirect the New Hampshire money to Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada — all states with races that appear much closer and more winnable than New Hampshire. Republicans need to flip one Democratic seat and hold Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina in order to reclaim the Senate majority next year,” Politico writers Natalie Allison and Burgess Everett report.
According to The Independent, Bolduc has recently backpedaled on his MAGA views and open expressions in favor of defunding the FBI. He once said he believed Trump won the 2020 election, but then told The Washington Post that Joe Biden is “the legal president of the United States.”
The Post reports that Hassan won in 2016 by just 1,017 votes, so the fight for the Senate seat in New Hampshire will be a battle, indeed.
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