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Sen. Rick Scott says there are ‘cases for making’ abortion restrictions ‘at the federal level’

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign fundraising arm, said Sunday that he supports “reasonable” restrictions on abortion and that “there is a case for doing it at the federal level.”

Scott was asked on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” to weigh in on Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy and whether he thinks such restrictions should be made nationwide. federal.

“Look, there are arguments to do it at the federal level,” he said. “Right now, all the candidates are taking positions.

“I’m pro-life, as you know. I think we should have reasonable restrictions. I think a lot of people are comfortable with 15 weeks and exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, but each candidate can make their choice.”

Asked if the Graham, R.S.C., proposal would complicate Republican efforts to win the Senate this fall, Scott hinted that abortion rights are a hot-button issue pushed by Democrats.

“Democrats have talked about it a lot this year. So every candidate has been talking about where he stands on abortion,” Scott said. “So I think it’s important for people to tell people where they stand, and it’s being done on a state-by-state basis across the country.”

“I don’t know if what Lindsey launched changed the conversation, but it’s an important issue for the country,” he said, without taking a position on the bill.

Several Republican leaders attacked the bill, which Graham introduced last month, as a diversion that divides the GOP and portrays the party as one with extremist views on abortion.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has distanced himself from the bill.

“Most members of my conference prefer this to be dealt with at the state level,” McConnell told reporters last month.

In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Scott refused to condemn Donald Trump after the former president attacked McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao, who was secretary of transportation during the Trump administration.

In a Friday post on his Truth Social website, Trump suggested that McConnell had a “death wish” because he supported the Democratic-sponsored legislation. He also referred to Chao, who was born in Taiwan, as McConnell’s “Chinese-loving wife Coco Chow.”

Pressed on whether he agrees with Trump’s comments about McConnell, Scott did not condemn the comments. However, he characterized Trump’s post as part of his habit of calling people “nicknames.”

Asked if he was OK with Trump using a racist term, Scott responded that “it’s never okay to be racist.”

“I think you always have to be careful if you’re in the public eye how you say things. You want to make sure you’re inclusive,” Scott said. “So I hope nobody is racist. I hope no one says anything inappropriate.”

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