Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said at a New Hampshire forum on Saturday that it is "absolutely essential" for Democrats to be pro-choice on abortion.
The presidential candidate was speaking at the "Our Rights, Our Courts" forum, hosted by pro-choice groups Demand Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and All* Above All Action Fund. MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle asked Sanders if he believed it was possible to be pro-life and a Democrat.
"Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat," Sanders said. "By this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that."