DNC chairman says issues like abortion that are 'about privacy and freedom' will matter more to voters in the midterms

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JACOB JAVITS CENTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2022/07/21: Jamie Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee speaks during Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams announcment for the city bid to host Democratic National Convention at Jacob Javits Center. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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  • DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison on Sunday said that issues like abortion will matter more to voters.

  • Harrison said that abortion is about privacy and freedom and that extreme MAGA Republicans are chipping away at freedom.

  • The Chairman said that while Republicans are turning a blind eye to MAGA extremists, his party is protecting freedom.

DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison on Sunday said abortion "is going to be extremely important" in the upcoming midterm elections.

When asked during an interview on CBS's "Face The Nation" if abortion or the economy will be more important, Harrison said, "I think abortion is going to be extremely important."

"The reason why so many people come to America is because we are the land of freedom. It's liberty and justice for all. And abortion is about privacy and freedom, freedom of women to control their own bodies," he added.

Harrison said that the "extreme MAGA Republicans" are responsible for chipping away at American freedom post-Roe v. Wade.

"You take away privacy and freedom rights, you're chipping away at voting rights, you're going after people's freedom of speech," Harrison said. "I mean, that is not who America is. But that's who the MAGA extremists in the Republican party want America to be."

During a campaign stop in Maryland on Thursday, President Joe Biden called the extreme MAGA philosophy "semi-fascism."

Harrison avoided answering when asked if he embraced describing the MAGA Republican party as "semi-fascism."

"Well, it's not about the embracing – it's calling what it is what it is. At the end of the day, we are a country built on freedom," Harrison said. "And when you chip away at that, when you see the bullying that takes place in place like Florida with (Florida Governor Ron) DeSantis, when you see them chip away at privacy rights when they try to demonize the other, that the attacks on transgender kids and their families, the attacks on marriage equality that we're hearing from the Supreme Court."

Harrison accused Republicans of turning a blind eye to the MAGA agenda and that his party is protecting freedom.

"It is the great contrast between a party, the Democratic Party, that is standing up for the hopes and aspirations of the American people and protecting our rights as Americans and our freedoms," Harrison said "And a Republican party that is focused on fear, that's focused on fraud that is focused on just getting power."

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday said the GOP lacks leadership. He noted how the party has shifted its stance on abortion post-Roe v. Wade, pushing for bans without exceptions.

"I've always taken the position of rape, incest, life of the mother, and, you know, certain weeks up until 15 weeks or whatever," Kinzinger said. "And that was actually a fairly common thing in the Republican Party. Even Donald Trump said, 'Rape, incest, life of the mother exceptions.'

"And now you've been seeing these Republicans go, 'There is absolutely no exception,' because somehow in the Republican party the crueler you are, the more likely you are to win a primary."

Yet, Harrison said Democrats have "momentum."

"That momentum is real," he said on CBS. "Democrats are going to keep their majorities in the House, that they're going to grow the majorities in the United States Senate. And we're going to pick up some governors' mansions along the way."

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