Former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden today announced that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Biden, who is pro-abortion, enters a crowded Democrat field with candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto, O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and others vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
In 2007, Biden made his approach on abortion crystal clear, indicating he would vote to defend and expand abortions at all times: “I will not vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose abortion.”
“The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America — America — is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” Biden said in a video posted just after 6 a.m.
Biden falsely claims President Trump supports hate groups and attempted to use kind words Trump said about Americans who espouse radical views again him.
“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalency between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was like any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”
Meanwhile, Biden has been running for president seemingly forever.
Biden’s entry into the 2020 race is the latest in a decadeslong quest for the White House. Biden wrote in his 2007 memoir that he pondered a presidential run as far back as 1980, when Democratic party heavyweights begged the rising star to join the primary fight raging between President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Mass., who challenged the incumbent from the left.
Biden didn’t jump in, and passed up a 1984 presidential bid. But he did run in the 1988 cycle. However, his campaign imploded in September 1987 amid plag iarism charges and Biden dropped out. Biden considered several more presidential bids, and finally ran again in 2008. By that time, though, he had been eclipsed by national Democratic figures like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — the latter choosing him as his running mate.
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The 76-year-old is one of the oldest in the field, just a year younger than independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and decades older than one of the field’s fastest rising stars, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, is 37.
Republicans on Thursday wasted no time trying to take down the 2020 Biden candidacy early.
“Joe Biden has been running for president and losing since the ‘80s. 2020 won’t be any different. Biden’s fingerprints are all over foreign policy blunders and the weakest economic recovery since World War II,” said Republican National Committee Communications Director Michael Ahrens. “We don’t need eight more years of Biden. Just ask President Obama, who isn’t even endorsing his right-hand man.”
Biden may hope to stand out from the crowd by saying he’s not quite as extreme as the rest of the Democratic field on abortion. The field has candidate like Sanders, Harris, Booker, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kristen Gillibrand that are already on record voting for infanticide. 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 New York 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.”