Did Clinton Camp Lie About Kaine's Position On Hyde Amendment?

- July 31, 2016

Today, Tim Kaine Reiterated His Break From Clinton On Public Funding For Abortions, And Specifically Contradicted The Clinton Campaign


  • Today, Tim Kaine contradicted statements by Clinton's campaign manager Robbie Mook by reiterating his support for the Hyde Amendment.
  • Kaine's comments come one Sunday after Mook reassured the left of Kaine's support for publicly funded abortions.
  • Throughout the 2016 Democratic Primary, the Clinton campaign have been ardent supporters of taxpayer funded abortions, a position more extreme than that of the Obama White House.
  • The Hyde Amendment rift leads to one serious question: would Kaine, as Vice President and President of the Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote on the Hyde Amendment in favor of Clinton's position, or his conscience?


Tim Kaine Claims He Never Had A Private Conversation With Mook And Co. Expressing Support For Repealing The Hyde Amendment Today. CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: “So I have to as you about your position about abortion because when you began your created you seemed pro-life, you said you were anti-abortion now you are not. And you’ve voted the way the Planed Parenthood and the aligned groups like that would like you to. Robbie Mook the Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton said that you have given the Campaign assurances that you are with Hillary Clinton when it comes to repealing the Hyde Amendment that bans federal funding.” TIM KAINE (D-VA): “That is not accurate and I don’t think Robbie has said that Jake.  Here’s, my voting position on abortion hasn’t really changed. I am a Catholic and accept the churches teaching on this issue but I do not believe that the job of someone in public life is to say I am catholic. So my job is to make our laws is consistent with Catholic doctrine and to make everyone follow it.  This is an important personal matter and I’ve always supported Roe V Wade. I think the last thing we need is a government that intrudes into the decision making of woman and men too. When it comes to matter of abortion rights contraception. On Hyde my position is the same I support the Hyde amendment. I haven't changed that. 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.” (Tim Kaine, State Of The Union, CNN, 7/31/16)

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NOTE: The Hyde Amendment Prohibits Federal Funding Of Abortions. "Medicaid coverage is provided by both federal and state funds, and some states - 17 to be exact - use their own funds to subsidize abortion coverage beyond what federal laws allow, to other cases deemed 'medically necessary.' The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of the life of the mother." (Lori Robertson, "The Abortion Issue,", 4/1/10)

This Is The Second Time In A Week Kaine Has Publicly Supported The Hyde Amendment

On Friday, Senator Kaine Maintained His Opposition To Clinton's Push For Publicly Funded Abortions. CNN'S ALISYN CAMEROTA: "One more issues Senator, the Hyde Amendment that bans taxpayer funding for abortion, for or against it?" SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): "I have been for the Hyde Amendment and I have not changed my position on it." CAMEROTA: "Your still for it" SEN. KAINE "I have not changed my position on it." (Sen. Tim Kaine, CNN's New Day, 7/29/16)

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Last Sunday, Robbie Mook Repeatedly Claimed Kaine Supported Repeal Of The Hyde Amendment. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER:" On the subject of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights take a listen to Tim Kaine during a campaign, this is a video add ad from 2005." SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA) (CLIP): "I support restrictions on abortion, parental consent for minors, a ban on partial birth abortion, no public funding of abortions, those are my values and that's what I believe." TAPPER: "Those are his values at least in 2005, those are not Secretary Clinton's values." MOOK: "First of all, that was over ten years ago. I think what's important is to look at his record in the Senate he had a 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood and other - the National Abortion Rights Action League as well and he has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman's right to choose, to repeal the Hyde amendment. You know, voters can be 100% confident that Tim Kaine is going to fight to protect a woman's right to choose." TAPPER: "So his values have changed on that issue?" MOOK: "That was over ten years ago. i can't, you know, comment on that ad, but voters can be 100% confident because of that 100% voting record with planned parenthood during his time in the senate." (Robbie Mook, State Of The Union, CNN, 7/29/30)

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Clinton, Meanwhile, Denounces The Hyde Amendment And Pledges To Repeal It

Clinton Supports Repealing The Hyde Amendment. "Hillary Clinton has been vocal about the need to repeal Hyde, saying earlier this month while accepting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood that the amendment undercut a fundamental legal right for low-income women." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Bernie Sanders Commits To Repealing Hyde Amendment," MSNBC, 1/22/16)

While Speaking At A Planned Parenthood Event, Clinton Denounced The Hyde Amendment. CLINTON: "Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all. Not when patients and providers have to endure harassment and intimidation just to walk into a health center. Not when making an appointment means taking time off from work, finding child care, and driving halfway across your state. Not when providers are required by state law to recite misleading information to women in order to shame and scare them. And not as long as we have laws on the books like the Hyde Amendment making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Planned Parenthood Action Event , 1/10/16)

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Planned Parenthood Tweeted Its Praise Of Clinton When She Called For An End To The Hyde Amendment. (Planned Parenthood Action, Twitter Feed, 1/10/16)

Unlike The Party's 2012 Platform, The Democrat Party's 2016 Platform Specifically Calls For The Repeal Of Hyde. 2016 DEMOCRAT PLATFORM: "We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose-and seek to overturn-federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman's access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment." (2016 Democratic Platform, 7/1/16)


JULY 26: Bloomberg News Reported That Clinton And Kaine Spokespeople Backed Up Mook, Saying That Kaine Privately Told Clinton That He Supported Repealing The Hyde Amendment. " "Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine has privately told nominee Hillary Clinton he will support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that bans the use of federal dollars for abortion services, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson and Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Tuesday. The position is a reversal for Kaine, who earlier this month told the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, that he's 'traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment.'" (Sahil Kapur, "Clinton Running Mate Kaine Endorses Repeal Of Hyde Amendment on Abortion," Bloomberg , 7/26/16)

JULY 27: The Clinton Campaign Told The Wall Street Journal That Kaine "Personally" Opposed Repealing Hyde But Was "Committed To Carrying Out Secretary Clinton's Agenda." "Then on July 27, a Clinton-Kaine spokesman clarified to the Wall Street Journal that Kaine remained 'personally' opposed to repealing the Hyde amendment: 'The senator is not personally for repeal of the Hyde Amendment. But as he's made clear, he is committed to carrying out Secretary Clinton's agenda.'" (John McCormack, "Tim Kaines Abortion Contortions, The Weekly Standard, 7/29/16)

JULY 29: Kaine Says "I Have Been For The Hyde Amendment, And I Haven't Changed My Position On That." "Now today, July 29, Kaine told CNN: 'I have been for the Hyde amendment, and I haven't changed my position on that.'" (John McCormack, "Tim Kaines Abortion Contortions, The Weekly Standard, 7/29/16)


The Lack Of Clarity Has Left Pro-Abortion Rights Groups Uncertain On How To React: Attack Kaine Or Support Him?

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue Was "Deeply Disappointed" In Kaine's Position Before Deleting Her Tweet. "NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue called the statement 'deeply disappointing' in a tweet that has since been deleted." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Kaine Faces Abortion Blowback," Politico, 7/29/16)

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Initially Tweeted Opposition To Hyde Without Naming Kaine. "Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards didn't mention Kaine by name at first while blasting out several tweets about why the Hyde amendment needs to go." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Kaine Faces Abortion Blowback," Politico, 7/29/16)

  • Richards Finally Said She "Strongly Disagree[d]" With Kaine. "Then she said on Friday afternoon that 'While we strongly disagree with Senator Kaine on this point, there are many places where we do agree.'" (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Kaine Faces Abortion Blowback," Politico, 7/29/16)
  • Then Richards Said, "Planned Parenthood Action Fund Will Redouble Efforts To Educate Senator Kaine On The Dangerous Impact Hyde Has On Women…" "'Planned Parenthood Action Fund will redouble efforts to educate Senator Kaine on the dangerous impact Hyde has on women with public insurance coverage. Supporting Hyde sends the unjust message that low-income women don't deserve the same access, nor dignity, to make personal life choices as women with private insurance,' Richards said." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Kaine Faces Abortion Blowback," Politico, 7/29/16)


Last Week, The White House Also Broke With The Extreme Clinton-DNC Publicly Funded Abortion Platform. QUESTION: "The democratic platform calls for getting rid of, for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The President actually, ahead of passing the ACA signed an executive order applying the Hyde Amendment to the ACA. Josh has a few times used the Hyde amendment as one more of the reasons that there is no reason to defund Planned Parenthood. Is this something the President supports? The repeal of the Hyde Amendment?" WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY ERIC SCHULTZ: "Fred, I don't believe we have changed our position on the Hyde Amendment, but if we do you'll be the first to know." QUESTION: "So you're not necessarily on board with that particular issue?' SCHULTZ: "Like you said, we have a longstanding view on this and I don't have any changes to our position to announce today." (White House Press Briefing, Washington, DC, 7/26/16)

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