Can Joe Biden win over religious conservatives? His campaign thinks so. Others? Not so much.
Much has been reported recently regarding Joe Biden's embrace of some of the far-left policies promoted by many in his party. At the same time, however, Biden's deputy political director John McCarthy told The Associated Press that the Democratic candidate's identity as a "very devout Catholic and person of deep faith" is "baked into the core messaging and core functions of the campaign." And the former vice president's spiritual authenticity is "the quality [faith and values voters] are looking for," he added.
"The Biden campaign spokesperson can say whatever they want, but it really is just simply absurd to argue that Joe Biden's worldview is shared by evangelical Christians," Closson said Tuesday on the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins radio program. "The thing about it is that one's policy positions … are an outworking of one's worldview: the worldview comes first, that's the foundation, and policy positions flow from the worldview."
Closson went on to say that Biden's promise to make the Equality Act a legislative priority will be an issue for voters.
"[The Equality Act] would codify sexual orientation and gender identity into civil rights law, severely undermining religious freedom for people of all faiths," Closson explained. "He's campaigning to undo the Mexico City policy, which prohibits taxpayer money to fund overseas abortion; he's promised to make support for abortion a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominees; [and] he's now against the Hyde amendment, after supporting it for 40 years of public life."
Biden has also stated that he plans to end the contraception exemption for an order of Catholic nuns. "He said he would force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide birth control and abortifacients as part of their health care against the conscience of these nuns who want to just serve people in their community," said Closson.
"Joe Biden and his campaign can say that he shares the worldview of evangelical Christians, but the polices that he's putting forward, again, are just antithetical to the basic tenets of the Christian faith."
CNN also thinks Joe Biden and his faith could help him win over some evangelicals.
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