To 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Americans who don’t want their tax dollars funding abortions are just as awful as those who don’t want to pay the troops.
His response comes as fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden flip-flopped on repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds for abortion services. Biden veered from his previous remark that it “can’t stay,” as he told The Hill on Wednesday that he supports it.
Moulton responded to Biden’s support of the controversial pro-life amendment by trying to draw the comparison between federally funded abortions and paying for the military.
During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Moulton took aim at the former vice president’s position, labeling it “wrong” and claiming that “it disproportionately attacks women who don’t have the private means to afford an abortion.”
He then went on to say that “it’s sort of like saying, you know, ‘I support the troops, but I don’t want to pay them.’ That’s the analogy here, and I think it’s wrong.”
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“Leadership is not following the polls,” Moulton said in response to public polling on Biden’s stance, adding that leadership is about “changing public opinion to do the right thing” and “that’s what we should expect of our next president.”
As of now, Biden has an 11-point lead over of the hefty list of over 20 other Democratic hopefuls in the 2020 presidential election, according to a recent Economist/YouGov poll. Moulton garnered 0 percent in the same poll.
As IJR Red previously dove into, aside from Biden’s most recent flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment, other 2020 candidates have laid out their abortion stances — including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who wants to allow late-term abortion. Additionally, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are looking to codify Roe v. Wade protections into federal law.
As for where the American people stand on abortion and the 2020 election, a CNN poll released on Thursday revealed that 30 percent of those polled would only vote for a candidate if they shared their same views on abortion.