Khanna breaks with Sanders on voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber: 'I wouldn't go that far'

Khanna breaks with Sanders on voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber: 'I wouldn't go that far'
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Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row John Cusack calls for Trump's impeachment in Capitol Hill visit MORE (D-Calif.), one of the co-chairs of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, broke with the presidential candidate Wednesday on giving voting rights to the Boston Marathon bomber.

“California has a compromise where felony convictions, those who are nonviolent in county jails have the right to vote, but those who have committed violent felonies, like the Boston Marathon, don’t have the right to vote," Khanna said CNN's "New Day." 

“That to me seems like a reasonable way forward, where you’re enfranchising people but not giving someone like the Boston Marathon bomber the right to vote.”

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Host John Berman pressed Khanna on whether he was disagreeing with Sanders, who during a CNN town hall Monday defended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to vote.

“I think that I wouldn’t go that far," Khanna responded. "He should have the right to be treated for cancer if he has cancer, and he should have certain human rights, but I wouldn’t go that far in terms of giving him the right to vote.”

Sanders's comments Monday have drawn some backlash.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE (D), who is also running for president, made clear in a town hall later that day that he does not believe convicted felons should be able to vote while incarcerated. 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Moulton rolls out plan to promote national service among young Americans Moulton: Trump 'lacks the credibility' to keep US out of war with Iran MORE (D-Mass.), who announced his 2020 candidacy earlier this week, also pushed back on giving felons voting rights, saying, "You're in prison, that's not a provision that we have."

Khanna on Wednesday defended restoring voting rights for at least some of those who are incarcerated.

“Sen. Sanders is talking about this because mass incarceration is an issue of racial disparity, one of out every three black men are in jail or find themselves convicted of a felony," he explained. "We have a country that has gone from incarcerating 500,000 people to 2.2 million people and this is disenfranchising for many people of color."