Sen. Bernie Sanders and DNC Chair Tom Perez have been crossing the country this week as part of the “Come Together and Fight Back” tour, with Sanders soaking up most of the cheers and Perez hoping some of that energy and enthusiasm rubs off on Democrats who decided they preferred the independent from Vermont to the DNC’s choice in 2016.

Speaking of choice, Sanders and Perez have found some common ground, not that they had to search very hard: Perez, Sanders, and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards were one big happy family in Las Vegas, after Perez made it clear in a statement that the DNC would not support pro-life candidates.

The Huffington Post reports:

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

So, forcing taxpayers to support abortion also is not good, right?

Sanders made it clear he was on board in a tweet Saturday:

NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue issued a statement applauding Perez for recognizing the party’s core values.

At the same time Perez was promising to cut off support for any Democratic candidate who didn’t support abortion, he was touting the Democrats’ “big tent” approach to 2018.

There certainly won’t be a party rift over the issue once the pro-lifers have been driven out of the party completely.

It’s going to be a big tent, but as was the case with the Women’s March, there’s an ideological purity test to get inside.

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