Pelosi: Democratic candidates should not be forced to toe party line on abortion – The Washington Post

Even when I agree with her I generally am shaking my head over the partisanship she is exuding. This time it’s different. I’m agreeing with her and applauding her acknowledgement that we don’t have to agree on everything to be a party member.

“This is the Democratic Party. This is not a rubber-stamp party,” Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters.

“I grew up Nancy D’Alesandro, in Baltimore, Maryland; in Little Italy; in a very devout Catholic family; fiercely patriotic; proud of our town and heritage, and staunchly Democratic,” she added, referring to the fact that she is the daughter and sister of former mayors of that city. “Most of those people — my family, extended family — are not pro-choice. You think I’m kicking them o

Source: Pelosi: Democratic candidates should not be forced to toe party line on abortion – The Washington Post

The Democratic Party could do very well among moderates if some of these litmus tests for candidacies were done away with. A candidate who supports 90% of the Democratic Party’s platform but balks at some of the hard stands on reproductive rights or gun control should be welcomed into the fold, not disqualified as a candidate because very few people honestly hold on as sacred every plank in the platform.

Now if Paul Ryan would only come out with a similar statement for Republicans.

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