October 4, 2016

Kaine’s Hyde Amendment Flip Flop Showcases His Say Or Do Anything Politics

During the final moments of the Vice Presidential debate the conversation turned to abortion. Unfortunately for Senator Tim Kaine the abortion conversation only highlights the fact that Kaine has flip flopped on the Hyde Amendment to better appeal to voters Hillary Clinton wants to attract. See below for the details of Kaine’s Hyde Amendment flip flop:

Kaine, Who Opposes Abortion, Has “Traditionally Been A Supporter Of The Hyde Amendment”

When Asked About Language In The Democratic National Committee Platform Calling For Repeal Of The Hyde Amendment, Kaine Said That He Has “Traditionally Been A Supporter Of The Hyde Amendment.” “According to a draft released last week by the Democratic National Committee, the 2016 Democratic platform will for the first time explicitly call for unlimited taxpayer funding of elective abortions for Medicaid recipients. ‘We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,’ reads the draft of the Democratic platform. The Hyde amendment is a measure attached annually to legislation that prevents federal funding of abortion for Medicaid recipients except in cases when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. … Calling for the repeal of the Hyde amendment could put some pro-choice Democrats in an uncomfortable position. ‘I haven’t been informed of that change, but I’m going to check it out,’ Virginia senator Tim Kaine, a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, told TWS on Wednesday. ‘I have traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment, but I’ll check it out.’” (John McCormack, “Democratic Senator Says Proposed Democratic Platform On Abortion Is ‘Crazy,’” The Weekly Standard, 7/6/16)

But After Campaign Manager Robby Mook Said Kaine Would Stand With Clinton To “Repeal The Hyde Amendment,” Clinton And Kaine’s Spokesmen Confirmed That Kaine Privately Told Clinton He Would Support Repeal Of The Hyde Amendment

VIDEO: In A July 24, 2016 CNN Interview, Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook Defended Tim Kaine’s Record On Abortion Rights And Said That He Had Indicated He Would Stand With Clinton To “Defend A Woman’s Right To Choose, To Repeal The Hyde Amendment.” ROBBY MOOK: “Look, Tim Kaine is a progressive fighter. This is someone who was a missionary in Central America, helped create jobs there. When he came back and, after finishing law school, he was a civil rights attorney. He took on Nationwide, one of the biggest insurance companies in the country, to fight against discrimination. He has been lauded across the board by organized labor, by the Sierra Club, by the League of Conservation Voters. He had a 100 percent record from Planned Parenthood. This is someone that the progressive community can be proud of.” CNN’s JAKE TAPPER: “On the subject of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, take a listen to Tim Kaine during a campaign. This is a radio ad from 2005.” KAINE (AUDIO CLIP): “I support restrictions on abortion, parental consent for minors, a ban on partial-birth abortion, no public funding of abortions. Those are my values and that’s what I believe.” TAPPER: “Those are his values, at least in 2005. Those are not Secretary Clinton’s values.” MOOK: “Well, that – first of all, that was over 10 years ago. I think what’s important is to look at his record in the Senate. He had a 100 percent voting record with Planned Parenthood and other — the National Abortion Rights Action League as well. And he has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde amendment. So, you know, voters can be 100 percent confident that Tim Kaine is going to fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.” TAPPER: “So, his values have changed on that issue?” MOOK: “That was over 10 years ago. I can’t, you know, comment on that ad, but voters can be 100 percent confident because of that 100 percent voting record with Planned Parenthood during his time in the Senate.” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 7/24/16)

Following Mook’s Interview, Clinton Spokesman Jesse Ferguson And Kaine Spokeswoman Amy Dudley Confirmed That Kaine Privately Told Clinton He Would Support Repeal Of The Hyde Amendment. “Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine has privately told nominee Hillary Clinton he will support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that bans the use of federal dollars for abortion services, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson and Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Tuesday. The position is a reversal for Kaine, who earlier this month told the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, that he’s ‘traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment.’ It aligns the Virginia senator with Clinton and other reproductive-rights advocates, who argue that the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which primarily affects Medicaid, is an impediment for low-income women seeking abortions. The Democratic Party platform approved this week included a plank calling for repeal of the amendment and other measures that ‘impede a woman’s access to abortion.’” (Sahil Kapur, “Clinton Running Mate Kaine Endorses Repeal Of Hyde Amendment On Abortion,” Bloomberg, 7/26/16)