When asked by reporters on Tuesday about her comments during Monday’s town hall with CNN, Harris had a different approach to the question, saying she’s “going think about it and I’m going to talk to experts and I’m going to make a decision and I will let you know.”
She instead focused on felons who have already been released from prison and are still prohibited from voting.
“We right now have got a lot of work to do with the people in our country who have served their time and have been prohibited from voting,” said Harris.
As IJR Red previously reported, Harris claimed that she supported having a “conversation” about allowing felons to vote during Monday’s town hall. Her answer came after Sanders admitted he’d support restoring voting rights to all prisoners, including “terrible people” like the Boston Marathon Bomber.
See what she said at the time:
Kamala Harris: “We should have that conversation” about allowing the Boston Marathon bomber to vote from prison. pic.twitter.com/TOqIlKYuQY
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) April 23, 2019
However, Harris is now shifting her focus from felons currently in prison to those released.
“Currently in our country there are 6 million people who have served their time and are still prohibited from voting, and that has been an area of focus for me for quite some time, and we’ve got to address that and address that immediately, and so that is one of my first areas of focus and concern.”
She also clarified, saying that she believes in consequences for those who have committed serious crimes.
“Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists, should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do,” Harris said. “I’m a prosecutor, I believe that in terms of, there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes.”
See what she’s saying now:
Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris changes her tune about letting convicted terrorists vote in U.S. elections less than 24 hours after being asked about it during a CNN town hall. pic.twitter.com/XMqeVNkgUm
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 24, 2019
The presidential candidate’s backtrack comes after Sanders faced backlash for voicing his support for the policy idea, even from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as IJR Red noted.