Former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden is expected to announce next week that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden, who is pro-abortion, will enter a crowded Democrat field with candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto, O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and other vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
According to a report today in The Atlantic, “Joe Biden is running.”
The former vice president will make his candidacy official with a video announcement next Wednesday, according to people familiar with the discussions who have been told about them by top aides.
Seriously, he’s actually made a decision. It’s taken two years of back-and-forth, it’ll be his third (or, depending on how you count, seventh) try for the White House, and many people thought he wouldn’t do it, but the biggest factor reshaping the 2020 Democratic-primary field is locking into place.
He wants this. He really wants this. He’s wanted this since he was first elected to the Senate, in 1972, and he’s decided that he isn’t too old, isn’t too out of sync with the current energy in the Democratic Party, and certainly wasn’t going to be chased out by the women who accused him of making them feel uncomfortable or demeaned because of how he’d touched them.
Biden’s campaign will, at its core, argue that the response to Donald Trump requires an experienced, calm hand to help America take a deep breath and figure out a way to get back on track. First, however, the man who would become the oldest president in American history needs to get through a primary—one that’s already tracking 18 other candidates, including six senators, two governors, a charismatic Texan wannabe senator, a geek-cool Indiana mayor with an impossible-to-pronounce name, and a guy no one had ever heard of who’s already scored a spot on the debate stage by becoming a mock obsession in weird corners of the internet by talking about universal basic income and robots.
Biden may hope to stand out from the crowd by sayinghe’s not quite as extreme as the rest of the Democratic field on abortion. To that end, the new York Tkiems has already attempted to do some of the heavy lefting to tout Biden as somehow more moderate than the remainder of the field — which has candidate like Sanders, Harris, Booker, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kristen Gillibrand that are already on record voting for infanticide.
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And all of them — along with the “Hispanic” candidate with an Irish last-name — have sponsored legislation for abortions up to birth and deep-sixing every single pro-life law ever passed in the United States that saves babies from abortion.
But make no mistake, Biden is fully pro-abortion.
Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.
From 2001 to 2008, Biden’s voting record on pro-life issues was close to zero, according to the National Right to Life Committee. In 2005, for example, he voted against the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits funding to overseas groups that promote and/or perform abortions. He also voted repeatedly to require that military service members’ abortions be covered by taxpayer dollars.
Even the Times admitted that Biden has evolved from a Catholic who had at least a modicum of common sense on abortion to a full-fledged abortion activist:
Mr. Biden entered the Senate in 1973 as a 30-year-old practicing Catholic who soon concluded that the Supreme Court went “too far” on abortion rights in the Roe case. He told an interviewer the following year that a woman shouldn’t have the “sole right to say what should happen to her body.” By the time he left the vice president’s mansion in early 2017, he was a 74-year-old who argued a far different view: that government doesn’t have “a right to tell other people that women, they can’t control their body,” as he put it in 2012.
Kate Michelman, a former leader of NARAL, is not worried.
“Joe Biden continued his evolution on the issue under Obama. He got there,” she told the newspaper. “I can’t say for absolute, 100 percent, but I would trust him as president to protect and defend a women’s right to choose.”
To show how far Biden has come toward the pro-abortion view, he once likened an abortion to an operation — as if taking the life of a baby before birth is somehow beneficial in the same manner as a patient’s operation.
Biden said: “Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!”
And Biden, as president, would promote unlimited abortions up to birth financed with our taxpayer dollars at “every single solitary opportunity.”