Axelrod: Biden's 'Flip-Flop-Flip' on the Hyde Amendment Raises Questions About His Campaign | NTK Network Axelrod: Biden’s ‘Flip-Flop-Flip’ on the Hyde Amendment Raises Questions About His Campaign

Axelrod: Biden’s ‘Flip-Flop-Flip’ on the Hyde Amendment Raises Questions About His Campaign

"So that was a flip-flop-flip, which is never a good thing in politics, and it raises questions about his own performance..."

By NTK Staff | 06.07.2019 @11:19am

Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, David Axelrod, questioned whether former Vice President Joe Biden could go the distance following his recent flip-flop regarding taxpayer-funded abortions during an interview on Friday.

Last month, Biden said that he opposed the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion. This was a flip-flop for Biden who had for years supported the Hyde Amendment. But his campaign told NBC News this week that he, in fact, still supports Hyde.

That statement from the Biden campaign caused a widespread backlash among the far-left and forced Biden to revise his position 48 hours later.

CNN’s John Berman highlighted Biden’s recent flip-flop, pointing out to Axelrod that he had previously called Biden’s campaign’s handling of the situation a “mess,” which Berman asked Axelrod to explain.

“I think this was a parable about Biden that goes to question marks about his candidacy,” Axelrod said. “This underscores questions that people have had about whether he can go the distance.”

Axelrod went on to explain how Biden’s 45-year career in politics is a double-edged sword is because he now has to defend positions he once held that were once acceptable but are no longer.

“Joe Biden was out on the campaign [trail], and he hasn’t been out that much, and a voter challenged him on the question of Hyde and video was rolling, and he said he would reverse that policy,” Axelrod said. “Then the next day when it came to light, the campaign put out a statement and said, ‘No, he still believes in the Hyde Amendment.’ Then there was a furor, and last night he flipped again.”

“So that was a flip-flop-flip, which is never a good thing in politics, and it raises questions about his own performance and his own steadiness and his campaign’s performance,” Axelrod said. “Beyond the issue itself, this was not a reassuring episode for the Biden campaign.”

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