Joe Biden Position Changes




We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
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Now Con

"Randi Kaye: 'The President also said today that former Presidents said to him that they wish that they had built a wall...'

Biden: 'We need border security but that's not the border security we need.'"
Source: CNN, "Biden on Trump's Wall Claim: 'Come On,'" Jan. 6, 2019

Formerly Pro

"I voted for a fence, I voted, unlike most Democrats — and some of you won't like it — I voted for 700 miles of fence [by voting for the Secure Fence Act]. But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high, unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this, and — punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.

Now, I know I'm not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they're the facts, they're the facts. And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. And the reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed does not have anything to do with immigration as much as drugs... And let me tell you something folks, people are driving across that border with tons, tons, hear me, tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin and it's all coming up through corrupt Mexico."
Source: Brad Warthen, "Joe Biden at Rotary," youtube.com, Nov. 27, 2006

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Now Con

"We need to confront racial and income-based disparities in our justice system and eliminate overly harsh sentencing for non-violent crimes. As president, Biden will... Eliminate the death penalty. Over 160 individuals who’ve been sentenced to death in this country since 1973 have later been exonerated. Because we cannot ensure we get death penalty cases right every time, Biden will work to pass legislation to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level, and incentivize states to follow the federal government’s example. These individuals should instead serve life sentences without probation or parole."
Source: Joe Biden, "Justice," joebiden.com (accessed Aug. 26, 2019)

Formerly Pro

"I support the death penalty. The Biden crime bill is the only reason why, if McVeigh is convicted in Oklahoma, he would be put to death. I wrote the law. If he is tried in Federal court without that law having been passed, he could not be put to death. I support the death penalty."
Source: Joe Biden, "Congressional Record - Senate: S 7803," congress.gov, June 7, 1995

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Now Not Clearly Pro or Con

Although Biden has made statements opposing Super PACs, an Oct. 24, 2019 statement from his campaign spokesperson, Kate Bedingfield, indicated either a reversal or softening of his position: "As president, Joe Biden will push to remove private money from our federal elections. He will advocate for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end the era of unbridled spending by Super PACs. Until we have these badly needed reforms, we will see more than a billion dollars in spending by Trump and his allies to re-elect this corrupt president.
Source: John Verhovek and Molly Nagle, "Amid Trump Attacks, Lagging Fundraising, Biden Campaign Drops Discouragement of an outside Super PAC," abcnews.go.com, Oct. 24, 2019

Formerly Con

"I've said it before and I'll say it again. To speak to the middle class, we need to reject the super PAC system. That's exactly what this campaign is doing."

[Editor's Note: The above tweet included a retweet of an Apr. 27, 2019 tweet from Kate Bedingfield, Biden campaign spokesperson, stating: ".@JoeBiden does not welcome support from super PACs"]
Source: Joe Biden, Twitter.com, Apr. 28, 201995

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