Christie: Hillary ‘Believes in the Systematic Murder of Children in the Womb'

By Melanie Arter | September 17, 2015 | 10:36am EDT
GOP presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo)

( – During Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “believes in the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts … in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit.”

“[Hillary Clinton] believes in the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts … in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit," he said. "It is disgusting, and the American people need to hear it. We shouldn’t be fighting with each other. She’s the real opponent. She’s the real problem.”

Christie was responding to a question about whether he agreed with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that Republicans in Congress are surrendering in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.

Republicans have been calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded after undercover videos surfaced showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that attempts to cut off federal funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider should wait until the next president is elected.

“What I can tell you is this,” Christie said. “We didn’t surrender in New Jersey. Six years ago as the brand new first ever pro-life governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade, I defunded Planned Parenthood, and I vetoed Planned Parenthood funding now eight times in New Jersey. Since the day I walked in as governor, Planned Parenthood has not been funded in New Jersey.

“We stood up, and every one of those vetoes has been sustained," he said. "But here’s the problem: We’re fighting with each other up here. We agree. Let’s ask Hillary Clinton."

CNN's Dana Bash asked: “Governor, the reality is in just two weeks’ time, we are going to be facing a question about whether or not it’s enough to shut down the government to make that statement, because there’s still a Democrat in the White House. Do you oppose it or support it?”

“I’ll tell you what I’d be willing to fight for…Why won’t we put tax reform on the president’s desk so we can simplify this tax system?” Christie asked.

“We gotta talk about what we would be willing to shut down for. Why don’t we put tax reform on this president’s desk and make him veto it if that’s what he wants to do? Why haven’t we repealed and replaced Obamacare? Make him veto it if that’s what he wants to do, and why don’t we do the same thing with Planned Parenthood? We elected a Republican Congress to do this, and they should be doing it, and they’re not, and they’re giving the president a pass,” he said.

“One more time. I’m sorry. I just want to get an answer,” Bash asked.

“I put it in the list, Dana. We should be doing these things and forcing the president to take action. Let’s force him to do what he says he’s going to do. Now I don’t know whether he’ll do it or not, but let’s force him to do it,” Christie responded.

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