Inside Joe Biden’s abortion stance reversal
As Joe Biden prepared to tell a crowd that he’d changed his mind and now supported allowing federal funds to pay for abortions, he offered a disclaimer: He still didn’t think he’d been wrong before.
“I make no apologies for my last position and I make no apologies for what I’m about to say,” the former vice president told those gathered for a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta on Thursday night.
Biden’s remarks sought to avoid the appearance of flip-flopping on a key issue out of political expediency. Still, pressure from both inside and outside Biden’s campaign, including a direct appeal from a prominent supporter, actress and activist Alyssa Milano, led Biden to conclude he had to reconsider his position, according to campaign officials with direct knowledge of internal discussions around the matter.
The tumultuous 38 hours offered the first window into how the man vying to lead Democrats into the future will wrestle with a political past that is now out of step with the party on some major issues…….read more