Elizabeth Warren said on Thursday night that she was wrong, in 2012, to say “I don’t think it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars” to pay for a transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery.
Asked by Chris Cuomo if she regretted that remark, the Massachusetts senator answered simply, “Yup.”
“It was a bad answer,” she said. “And I believe that everyone is entitled to medical care and medical care they need. And that includes people who are transgender who, it is the time for them to have gender affirming surgery. I just think that’s important.”
It’s not the first time Warren has been asked about the comment. In January, her presidential campaign in a statement to ThinkProgress, spelled out her new position.
“Senator Warren supports access to medically necessary services, including transition-related surgeries,” the campaign said. “This includes procedures taking place at the VA, in the military, or at correctional facilities.”