2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign manager is struggling to answer as to why the former vice president changed his tune on the Hyde Amendment.
Following backlash from other 2020 presidential hopefuls and abortion advocates, Biden flip-flopped on his long-time support of Hyde, which prohibits federally funding certain abortions, on Thursday, just a day after confirming support for it, as IJR News reported.
After long-time support of the Hyde Amendment, Biden said in early May that it “can’t stay,” only to confirm on Wednesday that he supports it, and then reversed on Thursday to oppose it.
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BREAKING: Democrat Joe Biden announces he can no longer support the Hyde Amendment after getting attacked by Democrats over the last 24 hours for supporting it
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When pressed on CNN about the “anatomy of this decision change,” Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield responded, “this is not a decision about politics for him. It’s a decision about health care.”
Further asked when it became a matter of healthcare rather than religious views, Bedingfield said it’s about healthcare access. She added that “Roe is under unprecedented assault.”
However, that wasn’t enough for CNN host Briana Keilar. She noted that states have been pushing anti-abortion bills for months prior to Biden’s 2020 launch, “so why this change now?”
Bedingfield responded, “Look, this was a tough personal decision for him, but the substantive explanation is that the moment that we’re in now is a dramatically different one.”
Keilar pressed even more on what changed Biden’s mind with the reverse position on the Hyde Amendment.
“You’ve asked the question a lot of ways, and I’ve answered it,” Bedingfield said.
The CNN host hit back, “I don’t think you’ve answered it, Kate.”
When later asked if his switch on the Hyde Amendment just a day after coming out in support will have voters questioning if he’s “truly authentic,” his campaign manager said she doesn’t think “any voter has a question about Joe Biden’s authenticity.”
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However, Biden’s “flip-flop-flip” drew criticism from several after he recently announced his new position to oppose the Hyde Amendment, as IJR Red previously reported.