Axelrod: Biden's "Flip Flop Flip" On Abortion Funding Raises Questions About His Campaign


Former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod weighed in on Joe Biden's position reversal on the Hyde Amendmen, which bars federal funding for most abortions, saying it is a "flip flop flip" which highlights some of the larger problems with his candidacy:

DAVID AXELROD: I think that this was a parable about Biden that goes to question marks about his candidacy. His rollout was flawless, in my view, and he's had a very solid spring, but this underscores questions that people have had about whether he can go the distance. One, because the virtue of having a long record and comforting people and being a figure of stability has the flip side that you have to defend positions that you've had over the course of 45 years in politics, some of which may have been acceptable in the day and not acceptable now. We see that on this issue of the Hyde Amendment, but the other is the way this thing came down.

Joe Biden was out on the campaign, and he's not been out that much and a voter challenged him on the question of Hyde, video was rolling, and he said he would reverse this policy.

Then the next day when it came to light the campaign put out a statement and said, no, he still believes in the Hyde amendment. Then there was a furor and last night he flipped again. 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. So this was not a good -- you know, beyond the issue itself, this was not a reassuring episode for the Biden campaign.

ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN: A flip-flop flip, also known as a triple Axelrod.

AXELROD: Very good. And on a Friday morning.

CAMEROTA: But here is my question, has Donald Trump broken the public's appetite for consistency? He obviously changes his position on a daily or hourly basis, perhaps we've passed the era where voters still care about consistent positions.

AXELROD: Maybe, or maybe people will be looking for an alternative that offers more stability than he has offered. I just don't know. It's a very good question, have the standards changed. Here is the issue with Biden, and people don't like to approach it, but he's 76 years old, he would be 78 when he became president and that would be eight years older than the oldest president who has ever taken office, which is Donald Trump. There are questions about that. If you are unsteady on the campaign trail that is going to intensify those questions. This is one reason I think they've kept relatively leisurely pace on the campaign trail and away from some of the major events and away from reporters, frankly, because they are worried about things just such as the one we have just seen.

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