Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is promoting himself as a devout Catholic and all-around nice guy as he attempts to win over Catholic voters.
Touting his faith and contrasting his more typically political personality with President Donald Trump’s, Biden’s campaign hopes to win back Catholics, many of whom supported Trump in 2016, Newsmax reports.
Biden acts kind and compassionate, but he is not so nice when it comes to the lives of unborn babies and the pro-lifers who support them. He supports abortion on demand without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to pay for it. Biden also said he would restore the Obamacare HHS mandate that forces Catholic nuns and others to pay for contraception that may cause abortions.
But, according to McClatchy DC, “… Biden’s aides and allies are betting that most Catholics will be more motivated by the former vice president’s character — and a distaste for the current president — than any one issue, which they think will give them an edge in key Rust Belt battlegrounds where these voters play an outsized role.”
John McCarthy, deputy political director for Biden’s campaign, told the news outlet that the Catholics they hope to win over are multi-issue voters.
“Between emerging Catholic populations in Florida, Virginia, and Texas from Latinos and with the vice president’s unique ability to outperform with white working-class voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, that combination will allow us to win the Catholic vote overall,” McCarthy said.
On the campaign trail, Biden has been talking often about his Catholic upbringing and his weekly Mass attendance, the report states. He frequently has been quoting scripture in his speeches as well.
Here’s more from the report:
To mobilize that slice of the electorate, the campaign unveiled earlier this month a national “Catholics for Biden” initiative — a type of group that didn’t exist for Clinton, who was criticized for lackluster faith outreach four years ago. After starting local chapters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, a campaign aide said they plan to launch other groups in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin in the coming weeks. Part of the efforts in those states will include organizing phone banks that target heavily Catholic counties.
Some have been trying to tone down Biden’s radical pro-abortion stance, noting that he personally opposes abortion but he believes he does not have “a right to impose my views on the rest of society,” according to the report.
But Biden does want to impose the Democratic Party’s radical pro-abortion views on Americans.
After years of supporting the Hyde Amendment, Biden now says he will advocate against it. The long-standing amendment prohibits federal funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other programs. Since it was first enacted, it has saved approximately 2.4 million unborn babies’ lives, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
In June, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a major abortion case out of Louisiana, Biden responded with his belief in a “woman’s constitutional right to choice under any circumstances.” During the coronavirus shutdowns, he even called elective abortions an “essential medical service.”
His plan also includes codifying Roe v. Wade into law and appointing pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court so that the killing of unborn babies in abortions can continue at a massive scale for years to come.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservatives Union and a co-chair of “Catholics for Trump,” urged Catholics to look past the nice-sounding talk of the Biden campaign and consider his positions on issues like abortion and religious freedom.
“Joe Biden has really good wrapping paper around this idea of appealing to Catholic voters,” Schlapp told McClatchy. “The problem is what’s inside the box is anathematic to most Catholic voters.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are encouraging Catholics to prioritize protections for unborn babies when they vote in November.
“The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed,” their voter’s guide states.