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No surprise. Nothing about “abortion” in Biden’s State of the Union address

by | Mar 2, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

As anyone who follows President Biden’s rhetoric knows, he rarely, if ever, utters the word “abortion.” And, true to form, when he did broach the topic in his State of the Union Address, President Biden came at it sideways, couching the destruction of nearly 900,000 unborn babies in euphemisms:

“Advancing liberty and justice also requires protecting the rights of women. The constitutional right affirmed in Roe v. Wade—standing precedent for half a century—is under attack as never before. 

“If we want to go forward—not backward—we must protect access to health care. Preserve a woman’s right to choose. And let’s continue to advance maternal health care in America.” 

Constitutional right; Roe v. Wade; precedent; health care; woman’s right to choose, etc., etc. No doubt, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, EMILY’s List must have been disappointed.

Very early in his SOTU, his second paragraph as it happens, President Biden said

Tonight, we meet as Democrats Republicans and Independents. But most importantly as Americans. 

To be fair, you wouldn’t expect anyone, including President Biden, to highlight the kind of disastrous job approval rating he is receiving from Republicans and Independents. 

As you know from reading NRL News Today, Biden’s job approval in a myriad of recent surveys is in the 30s.

The Washington Post/ ABC News found only 37% approve of his job performance “with 55% disapproving,” Gary Langer reported. “That includes just 30% approval among political independents and 10% from Republicans. Even in his own party, nearly a quarter of Democrats either disapprove of Biden (19%) or are withholding judgment (4%).” Other polls show him at 38% and 39%.

 “These are sort of rock-bottom numbers,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted a NPR/PBS/Marist poll last week. “It’s about as low as you’re going to see him [Biden].”

One other point about the polls: Biden has lost his image as a uniter. “What’s more, 54% said he’s not fulfilling his campaign promises, and 52% said he has done more to divide the country than unite it, despite uniting the country being a pillar of Biden’s 2020 presidential run,” John Sexton explained. This gives you some idea how high the hill is to climb if he is going to enjoy any sort of “reset.

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