July 29, 2016

Tim Kaine’s Flip-Flop-Flip On The Hyde Amendment

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) might start needing to write down his position on the Hyde Amendment. He’s changing it so much it might get complicated. Before Kaine was picked by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate, he had been a strong supporter of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the federal government from funding abortions.

Yet once the call from Clinton came, it appeared Kaine was willing to jettison whatever principles he had. This week the Clinton campaign let it be known that Kaine had privately told Clinton that he would support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, the law of the land since 1976.

Yet in just days, Kaine has flip-flopped again. Appearing on CNN this morning, Kaine stated that he still supported the Hyde Amendment:

At this rate, Kaine will have changed his position on this issue four more times by the end of next week.

The public funding of abortion wasn’t the only flip-flop Kaine was pressed on during his CNN interview. Earlier this week, Kaine had been praised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his “great track record on trade.” The Chamber of Commerce certainly is in a position to judge, as they’ve been the leading group pushing for the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Specifically, the Chamber praised Kaine because he has long been a strong supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even as recently as last Thursday. Yet, when Kaine was pressed on the fact that since his nomination he’s flip-flopped on TPP, he had no coherent answer. Kaine even made the laughable claim he’s been consistent on TPP: