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OpinionBiden caves on the Hyde Amendment: what was the point of his candidacy?

20:35  07 june  2019
20:35  07 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Biden drops support for Hyde amendment restricting abortion funding after criticism

Biden drops support for Hyde amendment restricting abortion funding after criticism Joe Biden on Thursday night announced that he was abandoning his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortions.

Biden is right to back the Hyde Amendment on both the principle and the politics. In fact, if he didn't, I'm not sure what point there would be to his candidacy for president. For starters, as many progressives are surprised to just now discover, Biden has long been a moderate on abortion, even

BREAKING: Democrat Joe Biden announces he can no longer support the Hyde Amendment after getting attacked by Democrats over the last 24 Why this is especially ironic? Because CNN just wrote this article saying if he caves on his support of the Amendment what is the point of his candidacy ?

Biden caves on the Hyde Amendment: what was the point of his candidacy?© Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images IOWA CITY, IOWA -- MAY 01: Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign event at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom on May 1, 2019 in Iowa City, Iowa. Biden is on his first visit to the state since announcing that he was officially seeking the Democratic nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Joe Biden, while still enjoying his frontrunner status, is facing some challenges during this nascent Democratic primary.

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The Hyde Amendment is a tax on millions of Americans seeking abortion. It’s wrong and should be repealed. Access to abortion care shouldn’t be Could this issue be the one that finally brings inchoate ideological resistance to Joe Biden ’s candidacy into sharp focus and erodes his rank-and-file support?

Biden has been criticized by a number of liberal groups and by fellow Democratic presidential candidates for his stance on the Hyde Amendment . Warren added that she believes the Hyde Amendment is essentially discriminatory, because women with sufficient financial resources have an

They are unsurprising and often self-imposed.

There's his plagiarism past, brought up again when it was discovered he (or his campaign) had lifted several passages from think tanks and other organizations for his new climate change plan. There's his previous support for the now-controversial 1994 crime bill, which he's still defending, despite progressives' panning of the legislation, particularly because it contributed to the disproportionate incarceration of people of color.

And there's his campaign aides' awkward attempt to explain a 1987 gaffe resurrected by the New York Timeshis claim that he marched during the Civil Rights movement when he most certainly did not.

And now there is abortion.

He just announced – in a speech in Atlanta Thursday – that he no longer backs the Hyde Amendment, the 1976 measure that prohibits federal funding for abortion except in the case of rape, incest and endangering the life of the mother. This is his third position just this week.

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Biden Flips on the Hyde Amendment . By John McCormack. In what may be his first major move to the left on policy as a 2020 presidential candidate , Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has endorsed repealing the Hyde amendment , a measure that prohibits federal funding of abortion except in cases

Wasn't that the point of his candidacy ? To occupy a moderate lane that far-left progressives had abandoned over the past few years?" It upsets some progressives, but Biden 's support of the Hyde Amendment is consistent with his long voting record and personal beliefs, writes SE Cupp.

Only a day earlier, when asked in a rope line if he'd repeal the Hyde Amendment, he said he would. But then his campaign quickly backtracked, saying he misheard the question and that he still supports the measure.

This naturally unleashed a flurry of responses from his Democratic challengers:

Cory Booker clapped back on NBC: "I think the Hyde Amendment is wrong."

Beto O'Rourke tweeted: "No matter your income or where you live, every woman should have access to health care including abortion."

Kamala Harris weighed in. "No woman's access to reproductive health care should be based on how much money she has. We must repeal the Hyde Amendment," she tweeted.

Others have been, er, less measured. As one abortion columnist hyperventilated in the Washington Post: "Biden's position on this issue should disqualify him from contention for the nomination."

It seems Biden has now caved to all that progressive pressure.

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Biden 's support for the amendment could draw more criticism of his candidacy amid rapid Women's rights groups quickly expressed their dissatisfaction with his position on the Hyde "Differentiating himself from the field this way will not earn Joe Biden any political points and will

Wasn't that the point of his candidacy ? To occupy a moderate lane that far-left progressives had abandoned over the past few years?" It upsets some progressives, but Biden 's support of the Hyde Amendment is consistent with his long voting record and personal beliefs, writes SE Cupp.

Which raises the question: What, exactly, is the point of his candidacy?

The fact is, Biden was right to back the Hyde Amendment on both the principle and the politics.

For starters, as many progressives are surprised to just now discover, Biden has long been a moderate on abortion, even bordering on conservative at times. That includes his past objections to Medicaid funding of abortions.

As NBC recently reported, his personal opposition to abortion might be news to many, but it isn't a secret. Biden is a Roman Catholic who has openly discussed his evolving views over decades.

Among the "surprises" uncovered:

In a 1994 letter to voters he bragged that he'd "on no fewer than 50 occasions" voted against federal funding of abortions.

He told the Catholic Diocese Newspaper that "abortion is wrong from the moment of conception."

He even once voted for an amendment to allow states to overturn Roe, a measure that didn't pass and that he considered "the single most difficult vote I've cast as a Senator."

But he's also moderated over time, saying he now supports Roe v. Wade as the law of the land and would not impose his religious views on women. While running with Barack Obama in 2008, he earned endorsements from NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Joe Biden says he still supports ban on federal funding of abortions, after apparent reversal

Joe Biden says he still supports ban on federal funding of abortions, after apparent reversal Joe Biden's stance on abortion came under attack on Wednesday after his campaign confirmed that the former vice president still supports the controversial Hyde Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, that bars federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest. Biden's position is consistent with the views he held while serving in the Senate. But it marks a departure from the rest of the sprawling Democratic field. Biden's continued support of the Hyde Amendment, first reported by NBC News, comes about a month after Biden said that he opposed the amendment.

An expert says it’s “difficult to predict” what impact the issue of abortion will play during next year’s election in battleground states such as Michigan. (May 30) AP, AP.

The former vice president's continued support for the Hyde Amendment , which bans federal funding except in extreme cases, is only the beginning.

In short, his support of the Hyde Amendment was consistent with his long voting record and personal beliefs. That he hadn't abandoned his position made him principled – something we voters could use more of.

It was also politically prudent.

According to a 2016 poll for Politico by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, only 36% of likely voters want to overturn Hyde.

Unless attitudes have significantly shifted since then -- and new polling is needed -- Biden's position was right in line with a majority of Americans.

The truth is, most Americans are not extremists on abortion, despite the extreme new laws in states like Georgia and Alabama.

According to Gallup, only 29% of Americans think abortion should be legal in all circumstances, and only 18% believe it should be illegal in all circumstances.

The Democrats' sudden revulsion over the Hyde Amendment is just that: sudden. The amendment survived three Democratic Presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. All at one point enjoyed majorities in Congress. None made any serious attempt to repeal it.

Biden's reasonable approach to the issue was smart. Whereas the rest of the Democratic candidates will find themselves way outside the norm for the general election, Biden was positioned to reach moderates and independents as well as most Democrats.

In his 2007 book, "Promises to Keep," Biden described his position on abortion as "middle of the road."

Wasn't that the point of his candidacy? To occupy a moderate lane that far-left progressives had abandoned over the past few years? To capture the forgotten Democrats in the middle of the country, the voters the party had left behind for the coastal elites?

With his abandonment of the moderate view on abortion, he's ceding not only fertile voting territory but the thing that set him apart from a field of far-left progressives who don't represent a majority of Americans. What's the point in that?

This op-ed was updated from an earlier version on the news of Joe Biden's reversal of his position on the Hyde Amendment.

Several of Biden’s 2020 rivals are quick to highlight his reversal on federal funding of abortions.
Some Democrats in the crowded field sought to elevate their profile and weaken the candidate leading in early polls.

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