Republican candidates do ''want abortion to be illegal and they do want to punish women and doctors,'' says Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO AS INCOMING STORY: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton says "Trump may be the most outrageous of the Republicans - he is saying what all of them believe" on the abortion issue. "They want abortion to be illegal and they do want to punish women and doctors. He just committed the sin of actually telling people what they believe," said Clinton during a town hall-style meeting in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday (April 5). Trump said in a March 30 interview that if abortion was illegal, women who end pregnancies could face punishment. He later reversed himself to say doctors who provide abortions should be held responsible. More than 70 percent of likely women voters said they had an "unfavorable" opinion of Trump, according to a rolling poll average for the five-day period ended April 5. Referring to Trump, Clinton said, "I wish he'd get out of one of his towers and actually walk the streets and spend time with the people of this city." In the Democratic race, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has a slender lead in opinion polls in Wisconsin over front-runner Hillary Clinton, but she maintained her lead nationally in a Reuters/Ipsos poll also released on Tuesday.