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What are the major takeaways for pro-lifers from last night’s first presidential debate?

by | Sep 30, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

I have long since given up pretending I understand the long-term impact of presidential debates, particularly the first of three, which took place last night in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Quick flash polls are just that—a snapshot in time. Having said that, consider this from Gary Bauer this morning:

The post-debate snap polls were predictable. CNN viewers declared Biden the winner. Breitbarts snap poll declared Trump the winner.  But here’s one poll that may deserve a second look: Viewers on the Spanish language station Telemundo said Trump won by a landslide – 66% to 34%.

This latter number may be, in the end, the far more important index. As we’ve discussed for months, pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden’s support in the Latino community is spotty. For example, the last Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 39% of Hispanic registered voters in Florida supported President Trump.

We’re doing a separate post today on an interview Biden gave the editorial board of the New York Times way back in January which I had missed. His support for abortion was clear and unambiguous even as his phony baloney excuse for flipping on  the Hyde Amendment was fuzzy, if not downright contradictory.

Last night was not Fox News’ Chris Wallace’s finest hour. The questions, which he chose, gave Biden a huge advantage. Even more important, Wallace misrepresented what the President had said on a very sensitive topic and over and over and over allowed Biden to slide out of uncomfortable positions by failing to ask obvious follow up questions.

For example, Biden said

The party is me. Right now, I am the Democratic Party. …I am the Democratic Party right now. …The platform of the Democratic Party is what I, in fact, approved of, what I approved of. 

But Wallace didn’t ask about what that platform said about abortion, a huge oversight, because—as he has throughout the campaign—Biden portrayed himself as Mr. Middle-Of-The-Road.

There is nothing about the abortion plank of the Democrat Party’s platform that is middle-of-the-road. NRL President Carol Tobias said this morning, “The Democratic Party and its leadership want abortion at any time, anywhere, and under any circumstances.” By announcing to the world that he had approved of the platform, “it means that Joe Biden wants abortion at any time, anywhere, and under any circumstances.”

The Republican Party platform is staunchly pro-life. It concludes with this 100% accurate critique of the Democrats’ position:

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.” We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

To be fair, Wallace did ask a probing question about proposals by Democrats to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices if they win control of the Senate in November. But, again, Wallace allowed Biden to evade the question that Biden has refused to answer, because he knows the American public doesn’t support it:

Mr. Vice President, if Senate Republicans, we were talking originally about the Supreme Court here, if Senate Republicans go ahead and confirm Justice Barrett there has been talk about ending the filibuster or even packing the court, adding to the nine justices there. You call this a distraction by the President. But, in fact, it wasn’t brought up by the President. It was brought up by some of your Democratic colleagues in the Congress. So my question to you is, you have refused in the past to talk about it, are you willing to tell the American tonight whether or not you will support either ending the filibuster or packing the court?

When Biden filibustered, President Trump asked him the same question (and others in the same vein). Biden was not going to answer and said so at the end of that segment:

I’m not going to answer the question.

The next debate is scheduled for October 15, but, predictably, the Biden campaign is already hedging. According to POLITICO

In a call with reporters after the debate, the campaign was asked whether it would commit to the next two debates and whether it would seek changes with the debate commission. Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said only that the campaigns are in ongoing talks with the debate commission and “I would imagine there would be some additional conversations” going forward.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a top Biden surrogate, said it wasn’t obvious Biden should commit to future debates.

When you have a chance, please read my story on Biden’s ever-so-revealing interview with the editorial board of the New York Times. 

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