Biden Aide Struggles to Explain Flip-Flop on Hyde Amendment: ‘This Is Not a Decision About Politics’

Washington Free Beacon | 6/7/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Joe Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield struggled to explain her boss's abrupt shift on the Hyde Amendment this week, claiming Friday it wasn't about politics despite supporting the unpopular position within his party for decades.

Biden - Hyde - Amendment - Funding - Abortions

Biden has long supported the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for most abortions, citing his personal beliefs. Then last month, he appeared to tell an ACLU representative that he would end it as president, but he reaffirmed to NBC News this week that he supported it. After a fierce left-wing backlash, he announced Thursday he was against the Hyde Amendment, citing recent pro-life laws passed around the country.

The 2020 frontrunner was clearly alone among his fellow candidates on the issue before joining the fold. One New York Times reporter summed up Biden's dizzying views on the issue as "head-spinning."

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CNN host Brianna Keilar pushed Bedingfield to explain the rapid shift on her program Friday.

"This is not a decision about politics. This is a decision about health care," Bedingfield said, pointing to Biden's comments about the new abortion laws.

Keilar - Issue - Health - Care - Religion

Keilar asked when it became an issue about health care, rather than religion or morality.

"It is an issue about health care access, and you heard him say that last night," Bedingfield said. "The Vice President feels like in this moment of crisis on choice that he does not want to be for closing off any avenue for women receiving the health care that they need."

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"That has been the argument of people who support abortion rights for quite some time now," Keilar said. "Why this change now? If you're trying to convince people that...
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