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Kamala Harris defends women’s abortion rights, says Biden would make good VP

After Alabama lawmakers voted to outlaw nearly all abortions in the state, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris said during a presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire today that “yes” she would support a legal challenge to the Alabama and Georgia laws on abortion.

Harris also said it was a “significant factor” to appoint justices to the Supreme Court that would uphold the landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade.

She said it was “without any question a very significant factor for consideration of anybody for the United States Supreme Court whether they are willing to agree with precedent and agree that this is an issue about a woman’s right to privacy.”

Harris went on to say the issue at its core is “respect for a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. It’s that fundamental.”

Harris was in Nashua, N.H., for a campaign stop at Girls Inc. that drew about 300 people.

To those who have called Harris a “good running mate” for another candidate — like former Vice President Joe Biden — she said, “I think Joe Biden would be a great running mate. As vice president he’s proven he knows how to do the job.”

The event also drew a couple of supporters of President Trump, who parked trucks plastered with signs like “Keep America Great!” and “Women for Trump” across the street.

One of the men, who identified himself only as “Joe Trump of Cambridge” – no relation to the president, he claimed – said Trump’s “not a perfect guy. But I wanted him because he’s not a politician.” He said he backs Trump because the president brought jobs back to America, and because “we don’t want socialism.”

Attendees weren’t having it. Some passed by the trucks throwing out words like “disrespectful.” A few got into a heated exchange over Trump’s tax returns – which Democrats are still seeking – prompting one of the president’s supporters to yell back: “He doesn’t have to release his tax records.”

Maya Glover of New Boston said, “I think it’s intended to be sensational. They want to get us riled up.”

Trump supporters want to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., Glover said. Instead, she said, “They should drain the swamp of Trump.”

Harris seemed unperturbed when she appeared on stage, calling for “restoring truth and justice” in the country and making the “first national and federal investment in closing the teacher pay gap” – sentiments that drew applause from the friendly crowd.

She also doubled down on her calls to curb gun violence, announcing that she would take executive action to “ban the import of assault weapons into our country.” Harris reiterated that she was “prepared to take executive action” to institute background checks and to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives take licenses of gun dealers who “fail to follow the law.”

“The issue on gun safety laws is not a failure to have good ideas, it is not a failure to be prompted by tragedy … it is the failure of Congress to have the courage to act,” Harris told reporters after her event.

Harris said she’s “open to extending the number of people on the Supreme Court” and applying term limits to its members. She also discussed immigration, saying, “We’ve got to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.”

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