Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden took the debate stage Sunday night on CNN. Sen. Sanders came out swinging against VP Biden, attacking him on controversial votes such as the Iraq War, NAFTA and the Hyde Amendment.
"Joe, you have in the past, voted for the Hyde amendment, that says a low income woman cannot use Medicaid to pay for an abortion?"— Digital Left (@DigitalLeft) March 16, 2020
Joe supported the Hyde amendment until early 2019. #DemDebate#DemocraticDebate pic.twitter.com/ecUhet6kMH
Bernie lists # of issues he says Biden was wrong on:— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 16, 2020
-War in Iraq
-Same sex marriage
-TPP trade bill
"It takes courage sometimes to do the right thing."
Biden snaps back: "We can argue about the past or the future." He then goes after Bernie on his gun stances.
Sen. Sanders rewrote history on the Hyde Amendment, claiming that the legislation inhibits women from obtaining abortions. Sen. Sanders’s claim, on national television, is deeply rooted in falsehoods. The Hyde Amendment was originally passed in 1976 by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority in Congress. The Hyde Amendment simply prohibits federal dollars from funding abortions, via Medicaid funds. It in no way prevents women from seeking abortions, and merely just protects American taxpayers from paying for abortions.
Genuinely sad to see Biden discard his longstanding opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion. A majority of Americans support the Hyde Amendment & abortion restrictions. National Democrats’ radicalism on this issue & this is the #1 reason they cannot win my vote.— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 16, 2020
Sen. Sanders’s sentiment, although false, is not unfounded; Vice President Biden has changed his stance on the Hyde Amendment multiple times, as part of his challenge to appease both the progressive left and moderate voters. Although an original supporter of the measure, Biden came out against the Hyde Amendment in his campaign rollout, and continues to double down on his support for taxpayer-funded abortion.
On abortion, Joe Biden reaffirmed his opposition to the Hyde Amendment, said he'd ask Congress to codify Roe v. Wade and touted his 100% NARAL rating. pic.twitter.com/HxQbKLQSAD— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 16, 2020
The radical rhetoric, based in logical fallacies, on the Hyde Amendment from Sen. Sanders and VP Biden highlights Democrats’ progressive shift on the issue of abortion. At one time, Democrats embraced the Hyde Amendment, a direct protection for taxpayers, as the common sense policy that it is.