Staunch Anti-Abortion Advocate Pence Baits Kaine Over Hyde Amendment
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., supports the amendment, which prohibits any federal dollars in Medicaid or other health programs from going toward abortions, even though Hillary Clinton wants to get rid of it. At the vice presidential debate Tuesday, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence pounced on the issue. Media outlets also fact check health care related claims from the night.
Kaine Defends Break With Clinton On Abortion Funding Issue
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) defended his split with Hillary Clinton on the issue of abortion funding during a tense spat about religion during Tuesday night's vice presidential debate. Fending off criticism from Indiana's anti-abortion Gov. Mike Pence, Kaine stood by his support for the federal budget rule, called the Hyde Amendment, which his running mate, Hillary Clinton, has vowed to repeal. (Ferris, 10/4)
The Washington Post:
How Do Pence And Kaine Agree On Abortion?
The question came at the very end of the debate: How have you grappled with your faith and public life? Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, spoke about being opposed to the death penalty but allowing it to go forward in his state. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, his Republican rival, discussed his opposition to abortion — which has been one of the defining issues of his political career. (Zezima, 10/4)
The Associated Press:
Fact Check: Pence Condemns, Embraces Obamacare
[Mike] Pence has been both for and against the Affordable Care Act at different times. He railed against it while in Congress, but one of his chief accomplishments as governor was Indiana's expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law. (10/4)
Pence Exaggerates Clinton And Kaine’s Obamacare Position
Both Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine support building on the Affordable Care Act but neither supports a government-run single-payer health care system. Single-payer was actually a contentious subject between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential primary, because the latter made single-payer a central piece of his platform while Clinton said such a plan was not realistic. (Pradhan, 10/4)