Of all the possible candidates who want to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may be the most moderate on abortion – but that is not saying a lot.
Every prominent Democrat running for the nomination so far has a radical pro-abortion position that supports abortions for basically any reason up to birth, including Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Schultz, who is expected to run as an independent, is almost as extreme on abortion.
The Washington Examiner reports the liberal businessman said he believes an abortion should be between a woman “and her god” on Thursday during a town hall meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
“In many ways, the question has been answered by the Supreme Court,” Schultz said. “I have been a person that is pro-choice. I recognize that every woman — this is such a personal issue — and it’s between her and her god as to what that decision should be.”
But he did draw the line at the third trimester – something none of the other potential candidates have done thus far: “And in my view, there should be no abortion that is in the last trimester.”
Schultz also said abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.”
“People may not agree with me. I understand that. But people are going to know where I stand,” he said.
Though slightly less extreme than other potential challengers, Schultz’s position still is radically out of touch with most voters. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions.
A February poll by Marist University found a startling, double-digit shift in the number of Democrats who identify as pro-life right after Democratic leaders defended infanticide and abortions up to birth.
Polling from earlier this year found similar results. According to a national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.
A May 2018 Gallup poll similarly found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.