By Kevin Tober
On Sunday during Face the Nation, CBS chief Washington correspondent and fill in host Major Garrett grilled Arizona Democrat gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs over her radical stance on abortion on demand, and it did not go well for her. Garrett, a former Fox News correspondent, seems to have remembered the journalistic lessons he learned from the network and continued to follow up and press Hobbs until she gave him an answer.
As a good journalist, Garrett started off by asking Hobbs a multi-pronged question on abortion: “Do you support the current 15-week ban in Arizona or would you seek a different approach? And is there a week limit different than 15 weeks you are in favor of? And if so, why?”
Each part of the question was straightforward and simple to answer, yet Hobbs had a hard time: “I don’t support the 15-week ban,” Hobbs responded. Ignoring the other questions. She instead sought to attack her Republican opponent Kari Lake.
“Under a Kari Lake administration, we would have government mandated forced births that risk women’s lives. And her position is the one that’s extreme, it’s out of touch with where the majority of Arizonans are who support access to safe and legal abortion,” Hobbs snarled.
“What would the Hobbs administration’s week limit be for abortion access? If it’s not 15 weeks, what is it?” Garrett interjected.
“Look,” Hobbs said. “abortion is a very personal decision that belongs between a woman and her doctor.”
She went on to say that “the government and politicians don’t belong in that decision. We need to let doctors perform the care that they are trained and take an oath to perform.”
Again, Hobbs dodged the question that was asked. Realizing that, Garrett pressed again: “If an Arizona voter were to conclude from your previous answer that you do not favor any specific week limit on abortion, would they be correct?”
“I support leaving the decision between a woman and her doctor and leaving politicians entirely out of it,” Hobbs snarked.
Translation: Hobbs is for abortion up to and including the moment of birth so long as it’s a “decision between a woman and her doctor.”
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.