David Bozell: Kathy Barnette, Senate candidate from Pennsylvania. The story of the day within conservative media circles, national media circles for her performance at the Pennsylvania debate last night. She blew the doors off.
Now, I've talked about her before. I think I did it like a few shows ago. I don't even think I got her name right. I feel like such an idiot.
But she's running for Senate. She's in third place, I believe at 18%. She's in the thick of it, right? So, there's 22% for Oz, McCormick at 19%, and then Barnett at 18% is the last one, the last poll that I saw. So, she's, I mean, she's right there for this critical Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary. But, she hasn't gotten a lot of attention to date, and of course, this Pennsylvania debate happens on the same night that the Alito opinion draft about Roe v. Wade is leaked.
So, a lot of the press coverage about Barnett's comments about the leak, about the opinion are... that she reveals... for the first time that she's a child of a rape. So, Greta Van Susteren was the moderator for this Pennsylvania debate. I'll just run it right out of the top here. It's really interesting.
Greta Van Susteren: For all of you, everyone is talking about the leaked Supreme Court draft. This decision could overturn Roe v. Wade. You have all said you're pro-life. Are you in favor of any exceptions for abortions? Have you changed your opinion over the years? If so, what has changed your mind? You have one minute. Ms. Barnette, you're first.
Kathy Barnette: First, thank you. Whether this was a leak or whether it was a tactical operation, we will soon figure out. But one thing is clear. I am so very grateful that our nation is now having a very important conversation, and that is one of the most important conversation that is about life. I am the byproduct of a rape. My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived, my father was 21. I was not just a lump of cells, as you can see. I'm still not just a lump of cells. My life has value and that is one of the reasons why it was so very disturbing when I saw Mehmet Oz running for this particular race when I've seen him on numerous occasions, and specifically at the Breakfast Club, saying that my life was nothing more than a acorn with electrical currents. I am wondering if the good doctor...
Kathy Barnette: ... has now since changed his position on that. My life is valuable, and so are the many lives that find themself in the womb of their mother, whether in the womb or towards the end of that life.
Greta Van Susteren: Dr. Oz, you have 30 seconds to respond. That was directed at you, sir.
Mehmet Oz: You know, one of the toughest endorsements you can ever get is from your mother-in-law, and my mother-in-law is an ordained minister. She wrote a lot of the pro-life literature in Montgomery County, where we live, and she certainly understands that I'm pro-life. As a heart surgeon, I've operated on small children, a few days old, and witnessed the majesty of their hearts pounding blood, even though ill, because I'm operating on them through those bodies, I would never think of harming that child, or even nine months earlier because life starts at conception.
Greta Van Susteren: Alright, Mr. Bartos now you're...
Alright, he doesn't even address Barnette's question, but that's what front-runners do. They tend not to answer directly their challengers questions.
But so a lot of the national coverage is that, I mean, this is from today, New York Post, "GOP Senate candidate makes shocking revelation during primary debate." Yahoo today, "GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette reveals she was product of rape." The Post Millennial, these are guys on our side, "Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette reveals she was born out of wedlock."
So, I did a little digging, and this goes to show you, just the value of the conservative media apparatus. This is from way back in, oh way back, March 29th, CBN, Christian Broadcasting Network. So, this is more than a month ago, and they had a profile of Barnette, and it's right there on YouTube - "I am the Byproduct of a Rape," a month or so ago.
So, this goes, so this candidate Barnette has just shot up the ladder in terms of the polls, and now the national media is paying attention. "Oh, we were so surprised. We had no idea." If you just dug, it took me five seconds to do a little digging on YouTube to find out that she's been talking about this for at least since March 29th.