Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris needed less than 24 hours to flip her view on whether or not convicted felons should lose their right to vote while serving out their sentence in prison.
During a CNN town hall with news anchor Don Lemon, Harris said she was open to having a conversation about allowing them the right to vote—something fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders fully endorsed just hours prior on another CNN town hall.
CNN senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny tweeted: “Clean-up in the Town Hall Aisle: A day after saying she welcomed a ‘conversation’ about inmates voting in jail, @KamalaHarris said today: ‘Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do. I’m a prosecutor.’”
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During that same interview, Harris clarified that she needed more time to ultimately make a policy decision and that she wanted to still think it over.
During the CNN town hall on Monday evening, Harris remarked that the “right to vote is one of the very important components of citizenship” and that “people should not be stripped of needlessly,” the Daily Wire reports.
“Another issue that I want to talk to you about — this is really important — I’m not sure if you were watching earlier, but Senator Bernie Sanders said that he is in favor of felons being able to vote while serving in prison,” Lemon said via the report. “He was asked specifically about people like the Boston Marathon bomber, also people who are convicted of sexual assault. And he said, this is a quote, ‘The right to vote is inherent to our democracy, yes, even for terrible people.’ Do you agree with that, Senator?”
“I agree that the right to vote is one of the very important components of citizenship and it is something that people should not be stripped of needlessly,” Harris replied, “which is why I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formally incarcerated are not denied a right to vote, which is the case in so many states in our country, in some states permanently deprived of the right to vote.”
“But people who are in — convicted, in prison, like the Boston Marathon bomber, on death row, people who are convicted of sexual assault, they should be able to vote?” Lemon asked again.
“I think we should have that conversation,” Harris answered.
This is not the first time Harris has seemingly misspoken or changed her answer the very next day, the Daily Wire reports. Look:
In January, while talking about the health care system, Harris said: “I believe the solution — and I actually feel very strongly about this — is that we need to have Medicare for all. That’s just the bottom line.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Harris on her statement, noting that she would be eliminating private health insurance: “So for people out there who like their insurance, they don’t get to keep it?”
“Let’s eliminate all of that,” Harris responded. “Let’s move on.”
Harris’ remarks caused immediate backlash and by the next day, her campaign was walking back her comments. CNN reported:
As the furor grew, a Harris adviser on Tuesday signaled that the candidate would also be open to the more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, being floated by other congressional Democrats. It represents a compromise position that risks angering “Medicare-for-all” proponents, who view eliminating private health insurance as key to enacting their comprehensive reform.