That was the claim from David Axelrod, a top advisor in Biden’s and former President Barack Obama’s administration. His comments came as the former vice president appeared to change his mind twice on the controversial amendment blocking federal funding for most abortions.
Biden initially appeared to tell an activist that he wanted to repeal Hyde but his campaign later clarified that he supported the measure — as he did in the preceding decades. His campaign claimed that Biden misheard the initial question, construing it as a reference to the Mexico City Policy.
Amid uproar within his own party, Biden said on Thursday that he no longer supported Hyde. “I make no apologies for my last position and I make no apologies for what I’m about to say,” he said during an event in Atlanta.
“I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right.”
For Axelrod, that showed Biden engaging in a “flip-flop-flip.” “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.
The 2020 frontrunner also faced backlash from Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a long-shot candidate for president.
“Bravo to @JoeBiden for doing the right thing and reversing his longstanding support for the Hyde Amendment,” Moulton tweeted on Friday.
“It takes courage to admit when you’re wrong, especially when those decisions affect millions of people. Now do the Iraq War,” he added.
Biden and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton both voted for the Iraq War under former President George W. Bush’s administration.