Big Al’s opinion: Joe Biden is not the Man!

Biden Walks Back Support for Hyde Amendment, Calls for Direct Public Abortion Funding


June 7, 2019 8:10 AM

Joe Biden joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on a campaign stop in Los Angeles, Calif., May 8, 2019. (Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

In the wake of intense pressure from his Democratic primary opponents, former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday announced his opposition to the Hyde amendment, which prohibits the direct federal funding of abortion, just one day after his campaign claimed he has never wavered in his support for it.

“I’ve been working through the finer details of my health care plan like others in this race, and I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents,” Biden said during a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta. “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”

The former Delaware lawmaker attributed his sharp reversal on the Hyde amendment — which prohibits the direct federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother — to a growing concern about the possibility that Roe v. Wade might be overturned by a conservative Supreme Court majority, allowing certain states to pass “extreme laws” entirely eliminating abortion in their jurisdiction.

“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code,” Biden said.

Biden’s views on the Hyde amendment captured the national spotlight this week after his campaign aides told NBC News that he remains supportive of the prohibition on the direct federal funding of abortion, less than one month after he told an ACLU volunteer that the amendment “can’t stay.” (The campaign later explained that Biden thought the volunteer was referring to the Mexico City policy, which prohibits the federal funding of non-governmental organizations that promote or provide abortion overseas.)

In response to the NBC News article, a number of Biden’s Democratic primary opponents vowed to work toward repealing the Hyde amendment if elected and said the former vice president’s continued support for the prohibition on the use of public funds for abortion would harm impoverished women.

  1. On June 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm,
    pardu says:

    Big Al, I have a question that no media person has bothered to ask any of the left leaning Democrats running for president. The question is…If you win the presidency, how can you swear to uphold and protect the constitution in your oath of office, if your intent is to destroy it and replace our constitutional republic with a socialist democracy?

    All of the current democrat hopefuls seem to be heading down the socialist path. It sure would be wonderful to hear that question being asked and then to hear the response don’t you think?

    • On June 7, 2019 at 4:02 pm,
      Ebolan says:


      Get them on record as saying they want to throw out a constitutional republic and replace it with socialist democracy!

      Every reporter should ask them this until they answer it truthfully.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:17 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      That is a great idea and, of course, I also agree with Ebolan.

      I would bet that Trump asks him that exact question.

  2. On June 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm,
    AJ says:

    I Am an Abortion Rights Activist. I Hope the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      A truly interesting piece of writing, AJ!

  3. On June 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    Uncle Joe has got a boat load of money…and he’s only got what…another tens years left, maybe more but probably not in very good health.

    Why can’t he leave us alone and just go away and enjoy all the money his lifetime of corruption has got him while he still can?

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      He will not leave us alone because he wants it on his resume.

    • On June 8, 2019 at 9:54 am,
      Al Korelin says:

      I mostly agree with you Eddie. She is pretty unique though and that could be a good thing.

  4. On June 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm,
    cfs says:

    Uncle Joe is clearly a man.

    I would love him to be the Democrat Party nominee for President.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      That would simply give it to Trump and that is fine with me.

  5. On June 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm,
    b says:

    Tulsi Gabbard is the man for the job. oops, woman.

    She will never win, she opposes the war mongers.
    She speaks better than Ron Paul, she will be crushed.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:40 pm,
      Al Korelin says:

      Interesting woman, but not my cup of tea.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm,
      Davd says:

      Tulsi Gabbard: cross over and vote for her if she as a Democrat , is the best the Republicans have to offer. Sounds like a plan.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm,
      Matthew says:

      She’s still a wealth-redistributing collectivist just like the rest of the left and the mainstream “right” so she’d be easily tolerated by the puppet masters. The spreading of truth about collectivism is kryptonite to those people so Ron Paul’s views are a far greater threat.
      If any of the popular MSM “rightwingers” like Hannity, Tucker Carlson or Ben Shapiro told it like it really is, they’d be off the air.

    • On June 7, 2019 at 10:28 pm,
      cfs says:

      This is going to make me sound sexist, which honestly I’m not.
      I think it would be a serious mistake to elect any female as President.

      My reasoning for this apparant sexism is simple:
      Look at the countries with which the U.S. might have problems:
      North Korea, Iran, and possibly China.

      Do you seriously believe leaders in those countries hold women in the same light as men?

      I remember the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

      This occurred when Margaret Thatcher, th iron lady, was prime minister of the U.K.
      Do you think that invasion would have occurred if a strong male leader had been prime minister? I don’t. I believe Argentine miscalculated, and believed Mrs Thatcher would yield to joint sovereignty over the islands at worst. They never thought she would respond by use of military action.

      I believe both Iran and North Korea would act differently with a female U.S. President. Further, should any military conflict arise, there is a problem with “face” for male leaders in Iran, North Korea, or China to lose or even appear to compromise with an American female leader.

  6. On June 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm,
    David says:

    While everyone is oathing, we also need the Fascist Corporate Welfare proponents on yhe right to commit to an audit of the Fed, Prosecution of Fraud on Wall Street andcend Transfer of Wealth …which is the source of the massive off balance sheet debt beyond the scope of reported debt, as well as, accurate reporting of economic data… false data being the basis for misallocation of the treasury and massive corruption going unprosecuted.

    These mutual oaths on both sides of the spectrum may address the perceived shortcomings of the political controversy.

  7. On June 8, 2019 at 5:36 am,
    cfs says:

    Did the Clinton Mschine strike again?

  8. On June 8, 2019 at 8:36 am,
    larry says:

    “He will not leave us alone”…That says it all AL……All these politicians have a delusion that we think they are the chosen…BS fools ……They should feel shame….But does fake news feel shame?…It is their business…A sick job they have a gain wealth and power in pursuing….

    Just saw the movie NOAH with Russel Crowe 2014….It is all told in that story….’Man has will’