CNN anchor Jake Tapper rectified his previous misrepresentation concerning President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion, acknowledging his error after initially stating that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “don’t support any restrictions” on the matter. However, Tapper’s correction was only partially factual.
During a CNN Town Hall on Sunday evening, Tapper engaged in a discussion with former South Carolina Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley.
In an attempt to elicit Haley’s position on a six-week abortion ban, Tapper inaccurately portrayed the public stances of President Biden and Vice President Harris on the issue.
Despite challenging Haley’s interpretation, Tapper twice declared that the president and vice president endorsed unrestricted access to abortion.
However, he later revised his statement to reflect a more accurate understanding of their positions.
Tapper wanted to know if Nikki Haley would support a six-week ban on abortion should it come to her desk as president.
Haley responded that she would answer as soon as Tapper asked President Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris if they would agree on abortions up to 39 weeks.
When you ask them about 37, 38, or 39 weeks, she said she would answer his question if he asked them that question.
Haley claimed Biden and Harris supported abortion up to the moment of birth.
Tapper claimed that he didn’t think Biden or Harris had any restrictions on abortion—a position he would be forced to walk back later.
Tapper tried to backtrack, claiming the administration’s position is that the decision should be with the woman, her God, and her doctor.
Both Tapper and Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich highlighted an important point:
President Biden has consistently expressed his support for codifying the “viability” standard established by Roe v. Wade, which generally falls around 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy but can vary based on calculations.
Vice President Harris has consistently maintained the same position as the president in various public forums.
This position includes joint statements by Biden and Harris in speeches on the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Along with interviews on Meet the Press and other media platforms, multiple social media posts, and numerous speeches and events where she has served as the spokesperson for the Biden administration’s strategy regarding abortion rights.