KNUS 710-AM's Craig Silverman has been doing us all a favor by interviewing Colorado's Republican U.S. Senate candidates, but his interview with El Paso Country Commissioner Peggy Littleton Saturday stood out, because he dug in with follow-up questions.
Silverman: If Roe vs. Wade is overturned then states will have the right to criminalize abortion. Do you think abortion is a form of murder?
Littleton: [no answer]
Silverman: Are you pro-life or pro-choice, Peg Littleton?
Littleton: When we look at life, Craig, we have to consider that all life is valuable. And it is a decision of those people who chose to have an impact on their own lives. I personally am pro-life. I would always prefer that people choose life. But I would never judge them for making a decision that I have no impact on. I've never been in a position where I had a 14 or 15- year old who was raped or was a victim of incest. I would never put myself in a position to make a judgment call for someone else. And I will just leave it there. So let's go back to why I would be the next Senator who would be best.
Silverman: No, No! I'm sorry. I just feel like you're ducking and diving a little bit. I don't know why you're all over Trump for saying that he's pro-life and he thinks a woman should suffer a sanction. Why would you give immunity to a woman under such circumstances? It's not a 14- or 15-year-old who's been raped. Let's talk about a 32-year-old career woman who has an unintended pregnancy and says, 'You know, this is not the right time or place.' And she goes to Planned Parenthood and has an abortion. Or uses the morning-after pill. So, do you think she should she be sanctioned for that?
Littleton: I will not sanction the right of people to do what they feel is in their best interests. That is not my judgment call. But I'd like to get back to some the reasons why I would be the best choice for the next U.S. Senator that would be able to take Michael Bennet out of the Senate, if we could, please.
Silverman: Well, I'm afraid that I am going to control the questioning. And if I feel you dodge the questions, it's going to make me ask them over again.
Silverman has a valid and important line of questioning here -- trying to clarify who should be punished (the woman? the doctor?) if abortion becomes a crime. And why.
Trump's interchange with Chris Mathews had just happened, and my show thrives on being current," Silverman told me via email when asked to explain why he was asking Littleton tough follow-up questions, when he'd let other candidates slide on the issue. "Beyond that, I had a fresh take on the subject before Peg came on, from this interesting link provided me by one of my longtime pro-life listeners.
Reporters should put Silverman's line of questioning to all candidates, not just those vying to take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, as the election season heats up.
It would help people understand what's at stake if abortion were to be outlawed or restricted. And what candidates think about it.
Listen to Littleton on KNUS 710-AM's Craig Silverman Show April 2: