Kaine: I support the Hyde amendment and Hillary’s agenda to torpedo it
posted at 4:01 pm on July 30, 2016 by Ed Morrissey
Ask a true politician to name his favorite color, and he’ll answer, “Plaid.” Tim Kaine has painted himself as a “personally pro-life” Catholic politician who has done little to fight the abortion-on-demand policy of his political party. However, Kaine has been supportive of the Hyde Amendment, the annual rider attached to federal budgets that prohibits the use of federal money to pay for abortions.
This year, however, Kaine has agreed to run as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, and she has pledged to put an end to the Hyde Amendment. Rumors emerged this past week that Kaine would change his position on the Hyde Amendment to correspond to Hillary’s, but Kaine later denied that. Speaking with Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s New Day yesterday, Kaine insisted that he supports the Hyde Amendment … but pointedly does not state any opposition to Hillary’s explicit promise to kill it.
It’s looking mighty plaid across the aisle, and not just on abortion. Watch Kaine tapdance around his previous support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty:
Team Hillary paints Kaine plaid, too, saying he fully supports Hillary’s agenda, including a repeal of Hyde:
Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, sparked confusion Friday after saying he supports the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment and the Clinton campaign’s call to repeal the measure.
“I have been for the Hyde Amendment. And I have not changed my position on that,” Kaine said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”
Kaine’s anti-abortion stance has been a sticking point for many liberal Democrats concerned that he might work against Clinton on the issue. But Karen Finney, a senior Clinton campaign spokeswoman who is also working with Kaine, said he would keep his personal views but also support a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds for abortion.
“As Tim Kaine has said, while he supports the Hyde Amendment, he has also made it clear that he is fully committed to Hillary Clinton’s policy agenda, which he understands includes repeal of Hyde,” said Finney, who has previously worked as Clinton’s senior spokeswoman.
Take Kaine’s statement of principles on Hyde with a gigantic grain of salt. As CNN points out, this supposedly pro-life Democratic politician has a solid 100% rating from Planned Parenthood’s political action group, and another 100% from abortion-activist group NARAL in 2015. The reason that his votes on the Hyde Amendment don’t count is because those are cast on overall budgets, not specific issues. Otherwise, he’s as pro-life as Barbara Boxer. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, manages to get a 0% from NARAL, so it’s not as though it’s impossible for a Senator to be both pro-life and a Democrat. Kaine just doesn’t feel like bothering.
There’s another level of hypocrisy on this, too. When Bart Stupak wanted to add language to ObamaCare that would put the Hyde amendment ban into statutory language, Democrats insisted it was unnecessary — because of the annual Hyde Amendment. Stupak ended up caving for an executive order from Barack Obama that backed up the Hyde language, and now just six years later Democrats are demanding an end to both. They are outing themselves as unprincipled liars, and Kaine’s dance here looks very, very familiar to those who recall the first cotillion.
Finally, let’s assume Kaine means what he says here. By becoming Hillary’s running mate, he’s actually surrendering his ability to protect the Hyde Amendment language. As a Senator, he can vote to keep it. As Vice President, he’d only have the ability to do so if the Senate deadlocked 50-50 on a budget — and then he’d be Hillary’s lackey to the upper chamber, not a free agent. Want to guess which way his vote would go?
This is what happens when a supposedly pro-life Catholic joins a progressive, pro-abortion Democratic ticket. They eventually hit Ludicrous Speed and go plaid: