Kaine tells CNN he is “fully committed” to supporting all elements of the Clinton agenda which includes repealing the Hyde Amendment

By Dave Andrusko

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Tim Kaines says he supports all of Hillary Clinton's political agenda.

Tim Kaine says he supports all of Hillary Clinton’s political agenda.

Let’s see how many iterations Tim Kaine can go through in explaining his position on the Hyde Amendment, a provision of an annual bill which eliminates public funding for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, is credited with saving over a million lives.

Yes, no, no, yes, I’ll check it out….what’s the latest? Glad you asked. Here’s how the Hill’s Jonathan Swan explains it:

Kaine, who says he personally opposes abortion but will support all elements of the Democratic presidential nominee’s agenda, created confusion over his stance Sunday when he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that his position on the Hyde Amendment had not changed.

“On Hyde, my position is the same. I support the Hyde Amendment. I haven’t changed that,” he said.

“As the vice president, I have to get comfortable with the notion that I can have my personal views but I’m going to support the president of the United States, and I will.”

One of the “elements of the Democratic presidential nominee’s agenda” which pro-abortion Hillary Clinton passionately embraces, is gutting the Hyde Amendment.

The newest wrinkle is what would Kaine do, should Clinton be elected President, and Kaine is presiding over the Senate. Swan writes

As vice president, Kaine could be called upon to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. …

Asked how Kaine would vote in that circumstance, an aide declined to respond.

“We’re just not going to speculating about the future, we’re focused on winning in November,” the aide said.

Kaine spokeswoman Karen Finney added: “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. “

As NRL News Today has reported on many occasions, it is not–not–a winning position for Democrats to campaign on forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions. Various pro-Democratic organizations keep testing wording, hoping they can find some formulation that works for Clinton and Kaine.

They can’t.

Last month we wrote about the latest Marist poll taken for the Knights of Columbus which showed a whopping 62% opposition to using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.


Here is a further breakdown that gives you a better sense of the breadth and depth of the opposition.

That opposition includes 65% of African-Americans; 61% of Latinos; 58% of Millennials (18-34); and 66% of Gen X (35-50).

What about Democrats? 44% oppose “using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion” as does even 45% of self-identified pro-choicers!