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Rest Assured: Planned Parenthood Is Here To Stay Planned Parenthood Is The Nations Leading Provider And Advocate Of Sexual And Reproductive Health Care And Largest Provider Of Sex Education

Planned Parenthood’s 600 health centers nationwide care for 2.4 million people per year. These health centers have survived  “defund” attacks before, and they will do so again. 

Overall, an estimated one in five women in America has come to Planned Parenthood at some point in their life for care. That’s why a majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood, and why so many people choose to say #IStandWithPP.

The Fight Over Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood Seems To Be About Much More Than Whether Taxpayer Dollars Should Be Going To Planned Parenthood

Doug Mataconis·Sunday, February 27, 2011·

I must admit that I’ve never quite understood why social conservatives are so vehement in their opposition to contraceptive use, or even the very idea of sex education, while at the same time being stridently pro-life. After all, it seems quite logical that more widespread use of contraceptives would make abortion far less likely, which is something I think that both “pro-choice” and “pro-life” people would say is a good thing. Nonetheless, the opposition continues, as personified by Kathryn Jean Lopez’s column at Townhall today:

That certainly seems to be the implication, for example, in the post that Robert Stacey McCain writes about Lopez’s column:

While Mccain doesn’t really come out and say that contraception should be illegal — which is quite different from the question of whether or not an organization like Planned Parenthood should receive government subsidies — the mention of Griswold seems telling. That, after all, is the case where the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law that made it a crime to sell contraceptives even to married couples, based primarily on a right to marital and sexual privacy emanating from the un-enumerated rights protected by the Ninth Amendment. Several years later, that holding was extended to strike down a statute that prohibited the sale of contraceptives to unmarried couples. In that case, Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Court said:

The Pressure On The Susan G Komen Foundation Is Just Part Of A War To Separate Abortion Rights And Women’s Health

“I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood,” Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s senior vice president for public policy, wrote in 2010, during her failed gubernatorial bid in Georgia. It’s worth asking again what that mission is and why the right hates it so much, now that the foundation has withdrawn its funding for Planned Parenthood to provide breast cancer screenings to low-income women.

The right’s hatred of Planned Parenthood requires some logical inconsistencies, to put it mildly. It means constantly accusing the nonprofit organization of greedy profiteering, even while fantasizing over how stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding for health services might shut its doors. It means professing to hate abortions but doing everything possible to deny access to contraception — from trying to keep Planned Parenthood from getting Title X funding to opposing comprehensive coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act, for which Planned Parenthood was a key lobbyist.

As long as women remember Planned Parenthood as their lifesaver in providing sexual health counseling, emergency contraception or a pap smear, it’s harder to peg abortion providers as back-alley butchers. And it’s easier for them to understand the reality that abortion services are inseparable from any truly comprehensive women’s healthcare, whether one wants to choose them or not.

Planned Parenthood Plays A Pivotal Role In Our Health Care System Defunding It Would Have Massive Consequences

There’s a bigger problem with Republican claims that women could just “go somewhere else” if Planned Parenthood were defunded: It’s not true.

Some women, especially higher-income women who can afford to travel or spend more on birth control, can probably find another place to go. But they might not want to. And many women simply have no other options — or the options they do have wouldn’t give them the same quality of care they can expect at Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood says it operates about 650 clinics that serve 2.5 million patients every year nationwide, and about 80 percent of its patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy. It also offers education and outreach on sexual health to millions.

Planned Parenthood clinics are “safety net” health centers, which means they use public funds, including Medicaid, to provide free or reduced-fee services to at least some clients.

Planned Parenthood plays a hugely disproportionate role in serving women who need affordable birth control, and who tend to turn to these safety net clinics to get it.

“Unfortunately, many communities do not have a glut of general reproductive health care providers just waiting around to serve patients”

Planned Parenthood has a robust network of providers. And it specializesin reproductive health care services — which isn’t the case for all clinics that offer contraception.

Forget The Excuses For Ending Planned Parenthood’s Grants The Goal Has Always Been To Take Away Birth Control

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The reason Republicans keep trying to take birth control away from women is simple:  They think birth control is bad and you shouldn’t be able to get it.

This should seem obvious, but apparently it is not. Every time Republicans find some new avenue to take away birth control, there is always some elaborate excuse — dutifully repeated by the mainstream media as fact — for why they don’t want to take away your birth control, but simply have to for some other reason that is always, they claim, not about birth control. Birth control is never the target, they swear. It’s always just the unfortunate collateral damage of some fight over, they swear, something else.

Don’t buy it. The reason Republicans keep taking away birth control is because Republicans want to take away your birth control. They hate the power it gives women, especially young women and low-income women.

Conservatives are modern Puritans and, as H.L. Mencken famously said, they are driven by the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

The cover story this time is about abortion. The Trump administration passed a new Department of Health and Human Services rule terminating Title X funding for any clinic that offers abortion referrals to patients who might need one. Planned Parenthood, along with any other clinic that follows responsible health care practices, is now facing the loss of this extremely important source of contraception funding.

Congress Moving Ahead With Plans To Cut Medicaid Payments Grant Money To Planned Parenthood

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump joined other Republicans in vowing to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, solely because the health services provider helps some patients obtain abortions.

At a GOP debate in Houston, Trump responded to criticism from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that Trump had defended Planned Parenthood.

“As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro-life. I’m totally against abortion, having to do with Planned Parenthood,” Trump said on Feb. 25, 2016. “But millions and millions of women — cervical cancer, breast cancer — are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly. And I wouldn’t fund it.

“I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”


Politicians and groups opposed to abortion rights attacked Planned Parenthood after a series of heavily edited videos appeared in the summer of 2015.

Those videos, from the group Center for Medical Progress, purported to show officials from Planned Parenthood discussing how the organization illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses for profit.





No Democrats voted for the measure.

Trump Administration Blocks Funds For Planned Parenthood And Others Over Abortion Referrals

The new rule would steer federal family planning funds under Title X to anti-abortion and faith based groups.

The Trump administration announced on Friday that it will bar organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money, a step that could strip millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and direct it toward religiously-based, anti-abortion groups.

The new federal rule is almost certain to be challenged in court. Clinics will be able to talk to patients about abortion, but not where they can get one. And clinics will no longer have to counsel women on all reproductive options, including abortion, a change that will make anti-abortion providers eligible for funding.

The rule, which has been expected for months, is the most recent step by the Trump administration to shift the direction of federal health programs in a conservative direction. The administration has expanded the ability of employers to claim religious or moral objections to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that they offer employees insurance coverage for contraception. It has channeled funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs and family planning grants into programs that emphasize sexual abstinence over contraception.

Some of these changes are being challenged in lawsuits by groups that support reproductive rights, but the new policies have broad support among evangelicals, who are a big part of the president’s political base.

Politicians Behind Defund Attacks Have One Goal In Mind: To Shut Down Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is a not-for-profit organization with about 600 health centers nationwide that provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion. Discriminatory federal policies have long prevented the use of public programs like Medicaid and Title X to pay for abortion.  

Going after patients who would obtain government-funded care at Planned Parenthood, politicians show they’re willing to block access to essential care — like birth control, STD testing and treatment, and Pap tests — for the sake of their agenda. They want to make safe, legal abortion as difficult as possible to access — and if people lose access to lifesaving care in the process, so be it.

House Republicans Balk At Idea Of Giving Steve King Back His Committee Assignments

WASHINGTON — Top House Republicans are voicing opposition to allowing Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King to get his committee assignments back, including the highest-ranking Republican woman.  

King was stripped of his spot on House committees last year after he made controversial comments about white supremacy and Western Civilization to the New York Times, which he claims were taken out of context by the newspaper.

A spokesperson for Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney told NBC News “Cheney does not support” giving King back his committee assignments.  She was the first Republican leader to condemn King’s comments and even called for him to resign from Congress.

At a forum on Monday night in Spencer, Iowa, King claimed that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to advocate for giving him his committee assignments back, as first reported by the Sioux City Journal.

“On April 20, Kevin McCarthy and I reached an agreement that he would advocate to the steering committee to put all of my committees back with all of my seniority because there is no argument against my fact-check document, I have disproven all of those allegations,” King said at the republican forum Monday. 

“When Congress comes back into session, when the steering committee can get together, I have Kevin McCarthy’s word that then, that will be my time for exoneration.”


King criticized Stivers in a statement to NBC News, calling him “only one vote on Steering” and a “Never-Trumper.”

    What Does It Actually Mean To Defund Planned Parenthood At The Federal Level

    The more than $500 million Planned Parenthood receives annually from the federal government — the funding that Republicans in Congress now want to take away — pays for specifichealth services, like birth control or cervical cancer screening, for people who couldn’t afford them otherwise.

    Most of the funds are actually reimbursements from Medicaid, the US’s public health insurance program for the poor. Just like with any other insurance, Medicaid patients go to their health care appointment first and then have Medicaid pay all or most of the bill later.

    The rest of Planned Parenthood’s federal funds come in the form of grants from Title X, the nation’s only federal program for family planning. Title X grants are awarded on a competitive basis to clinics that meet the program’s standards for family planning coverage and services. Title X subsidizes free or low-cost contraception and other preventive services, and it’s especially helpful for low-income or uninsured people who make too much to qualify for Medicaid.

    In practice, defunding Planned Parenthood takes funding away from its mostly low-income patients

    However, Republican lawmakers often argue that if the federal government funds Planned Parenthood through these programs, it’s still effectively funding abortion — which violates the spirit of the Hyde Amendment.

    Defunding would be a huge financial blow to Planned Parenthood. But it would still keep offering abortion services.

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    Facing off in California’s now-empty 25th House District, where the GOP hopes to reclaim the seat won by Democratic Rep. Katie Hill in 2018, are Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith and former Navy pilot, Republican Mike Garcia.

    In Wisconsin’s 7th House District, a historically Republican district that President Trump won by 20 points in 2016, Democrat Tricia Zunker and Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany are vying for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Sean Duffy.

    For more about the two races and what they could could mean for effectively campaigning and winning elections in the coronavirus era, read the breakdown from NBC News’ political unit here.

    Also check out the First Read analysis of how the scandal surrounding former congresswoman Katie Hill could increase Republican chances of taking back the district by looking at the history of scandal-induced special elections.

      With Efforts In Congress Unsuccessful Attention Turns To Regulatory Process

      Over the past year, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have failed in several efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

      As we’ve noted, federal dollars do not actually fund abortions. A longstanding provision known as the Hyde Amendment excludes Planned Parenthood and other medical providers from using federal dollars to pay for most abortion services, except in instances of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger.

      Abortion opponents argue that even these types of federal payments mean that the government is indirectly supporting abortion, so they have pursued various legal and regulatory approaches to shut down the federal funding streams that currently support organizations like Planned Parenthood.

      Indeed, estimates show that the organization receives about 40 percent of its funding from the government. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in combined state and federal government funds.

      Planned Parenthood gets most of its funding through Medicaid reimbursements and from Title X, a Health and Human Services grant program that funds comprehensive family planning services.

      Those who support defunding Planned Parenthood cheered when Congress and Trump in 2017 effectively overturned an Obama administration rule that had been written to prevent state and local governments from pulling federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other clinics.

      For now, the administration hopes to defund Planned Parenthood through a regulatory process.

      Coercion Is At The Heart Of Social Conservatives Reproductive Health Agenda

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      • Coercive intent and practices are at the core of social conservatives’ reproductive health agenda, including virtually every reproductive health–related initiative from the Trump administration and social conservatives in Congress over the past year.
      • Coercion can take many forms, including withholding information, obstructing access to health services or providers, attempting to ban services outright and empowering third parties to impose their views on others.
      • Such coercive measures particularly target people who are in vulnerable positions, for instance because of their immigration status, youth or lack of financial resources.

      In October 2017, the first case of the Trump administration attempting to forcibly prevent an unaccompanied immigrant minor in federal custody from obtaining an abortion made headlines around the United States. At the center of these actions is the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is led by an ardent abortion-rights opponent. Lawsuits and media reports have revealed that officials are using a variety of tactics to pressure young women not to have the abortion they requested, including physically barring individuals in the government’s care from accessing the procedure. One attorney, speaking of her client, said that officials “literally held her hostage”1 to force her to continue the pregnancy.

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      Together, providing contraception and the testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases made up three-quarters of the services the organization provided in one year.

      That means low-income women could be among the most heavily affected by this bill, as it may force them to find other providers for reproductive health services.

      Of the other government money that goes to Planned Parenthood, most of it comes from Title X. That federal program, created under President Richard Nixon, provides family planning services to people beyond Medicaid, like low-income women who are not Medicaid-eligible.Earlier this year, Republicans started the process of stripping that funding.

      Republicans Want To Defund Planned Parenthood As Part Of Obamacare Fight

      House speaker Paul Ryan gave first official word that repeal legislation would also renew the congressional assault on the women’s health organization

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      House speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans would legislate to defund Planned Parenthood as part of their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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      The same day, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced a national effort against such attempts to defund it.

      Ryan spoke a day after a special House panel issued a report criticizing Planned Parenthood, which provides women’s health services, for its practices regarding providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers.

      Allegations regarding such practices were at the heart of a scandal involving videos filmed by an anti-abortion activists. Investigations in 13 states concluded without criminal charges, and Planned Parenthood officials have denied any wrongdoing.

      Ryan’s comments, while expected, were the first official word that repeal legislation would also renew the congressional assault on the group.

      “The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan said.

      Last year’s Obamacare repeal measure also contained an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives government reimbursements from the Medicaid program for non-abortion health services to low-income women. It receives reimbursements for contraception services from a different government account.

      Take A Closer Look At The Crusade Against Womens Rights And Health Care

      A simple explanation for defunding Planned Parenthood that is offered up ad nauseum by talking heads across the political spectrum is that Republicans hate abortion. That doesn’t tell the whole story. Not only does Planned Parenthood offer many services that aren’t abortions, abortion only accounts for 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services. Eighty percent of Planned Parenthood’s services go toward preventing unintended pregnancy. If Planned Parenthood were to go away overnight, the result would be an increase in abortions. In over 100 counties in America, Planned Parenthood is the only “safety net” health center that deals with women’s reproductive health. Poor and working-class women in America depend on Planned Parenthood for essential medical care.

      What Do Planned Parenthood And Acorn Have In Common Republican Attacks


      New Orleans   Hey, it’s not just me that’s noticed the haters pulling out their playbook big time again on Planned Parenthood just as they did on ACORN. Here’s a thoughtful, spot on piece by Brenden Gallagher published on the merryjane.com website. I’m glad to bring truth wherever I find it, so here goes:

      Why Do Republicans Hate Planned Parenthood So Much?

      Take a closer look at the crusade against women’s rights and health care.

      A simple explanation for defunding Planned Parenthood that is offered up ad nauseum by talking heads across the political spectrum is that Republicans hate abortion. That doesn’t tell the whole story. Not only does Planned Parenthood offer many services that aren’t abortions, abortion only accounts for 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services. Eighty percent of Planned Parenthood’s services go toward preventing unintended pregnancy. If Planned Parenthood were to go away overnight, the result would be an increase in abortions. In over 100 counties in America, Planned Parenthood is the only “safety net” health center that deals with women’s reproductive health. Poor and working-class women in America depend on Planned Parenthood for essential medical care.

      How Would Defunding Planned Parenthood Actually Affect Peoples Lives


      In practice, defunding Planned Parenthood takes funding away from its mostly low-income patients — who might be forced to seek care elsewhere if the government stopped subsidizing their visits to Planned Parenthood. Low-income women will be hit especially hard, but all Planned Parenthood patients may be affected.

      Reproductive health care is an incredibly basic, essential need, especially for women. Pregnancy is both a major medical event and a major financial one, and the decision of whether and when to give birth or become a parent is one of the most foundational, life-altering choices a person can make. Sexually transmitted diseases threaten lives and fertility if left undetected or untreated. Birth control can literally affect women’s lives every day, from helping them fully participate in public life by avoiding unwanted pregnancy to alleviating the horrifying symptoms of endometriosis or premenstrual dysphoric disorder .

      And to put it bluntly, having a vagina can be really expensive.

      Do you know how much it costs as a woman just to test for a UTI if you don’t go to PP? With insurance? Roughly $180.

      — Liz January 6, 2017

      Together, Medicaid and Title X combine to form our nation’s family planning safety net. Unfortunately, that safety net isn’t well-funded enough to actually meet the country’s needs for subsidized contraception — about 20 million women were in need of publicly funded contraceptive services in 2014, and only 7.8 million got them.

      Trump Slightly Outraises Biden In April Maintains Large Cash On Hand

      WASHINGTON — President Trump, apparent Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the umbrella of party organizations backing them raised over $60 million in April, according to the two campaigns. The Trump team reported a $61.7 million cash haul, while the Biden camp brought in just slightly less with $60.5 million. 

      On top of money raised by their campaigns, the pro-Trump effort includes fundraising from the Republican National Committee as well as other groups affiliated with his re-election effort. And Biden’s effort includes the Democratic National Committee as well.

      This is the first monthly filing period in which both teams are reporting their fundraising from their joint fundraising committees. April is also the first month in which Biden was the sole Democratic candidate for the majority of the reporting period. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the primary race on April 8. 

      While Biden and the Democratic National Committee have not released their cash on hand numbers, the president’s campaign says it has over $255 million in the bank — and that juggernaut may be Biden’s greatest financial weakness. The last officially reported numbers, filed for March, showed Biden and the DNC with just over $62 million on hand. 

      Both campaigns will report their full fundraising filing for April on May 20. 

        Trump Rule Change Prods Planned Parenthood To Forgo Federal Funds

        After a string of setbacks, opponents of abortion chalked up a significant victory in 2019 with the enactment of a federal regulation to prevent a major type of federal funding from reaching entities that provide abortion services.

        At issue was Title X funding, a Department of Health and Human Services grant program that targets lower-income Americans who are facing unintended pregnancies or seeking family planning services.

        The Trump administration enacted a rule that effectively said that any facility receiving federal Title X funding cannot also be an abortion provider. Previously, abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood could receive Title X funds as long as the funds were only used for non-abortion services.

        “When this rule was instituted, Planned Parenthood was faced with having to choose between continuing to receive the Title X funding for family planning care or continuing to provide abortion services at some of their clinics,” said Gretchen E. Ely, a professor at the State University of New York-Buffalo’s School of Social Work.

        In August 2019, one month before the rule was scheduled to take effect, Planned Parenthood decided to stop taking Title X rather than discontinuing abortion services. A federal appeals court upheld the rule’s legality in February 2020.

        The Texas case represented “the first time the federal government has allowed a state to explicitly waive Medicaid’s free choice of provider for family planning provision,” Lau said.

        Trump’s Attempts To Defund Planned Parenthood Met With Roadblocks

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        As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood. That has yet to happen.

        Trump joined other Republicans in opposition to federal funding for the health services provider on the grounds that Planned Parenthood helps some patients obtain abortions.

        “I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent,” Trump said on Feb. 25, 2016. “I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”

        Federal funding does not actually fund abortions. The Hyde Amendment excludes Planned Parenthood and others from using federal dollars to pay for most abortion services, except in instances of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger. Abortion opponents argue the government is tacitly supporting abortion by funding non-abortion services.

        So how far has Trump come in keeping his promise?

        First, it’s important to note that Planned Parenthood is not a line item on the budget, so it can’t simply be crossed out. Planned Parenthood gets most of its funding through Medicaid reimbursements for preventive care and some from Title X, a Health and Human Services grant program that funds comprehensive family planning services.

        But the best shot Trump had at getting rid of the Medicaid reimbursements was through failed health care reform.

        Reasons Why Planned Parenthood Should Not Get Government Money

        Heritage expertSarah Torre gives all the facts Congress needs to know about Planned Parenthood.

      • Planned Parenthood has become a billion-dollar organization on the backs of taxpayers. They earned $128 million in revenue with over $1.4 billion in net assets last year. In the same year, federal and state governments gave them over $528 million to fund their lucrative programs.
      • Planned Parenthood performs one in three abortions in the U.S. They reported performing 327,653 abortions last year. Former employees have even made allegations that there are mandatory “abortion quotas” each affiliate must meet.
      • Planned Parenthood emphasizes abortions instead of preventative care. They made only 1,880 adoption referrals and just 18,684 prenatal services last year. Even cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood have decreased 50 percent since 2004.
      • Planned Parenthood has been accused of financial fraud with taxpayer dollars. In 2013, an affiliate payed a settlement of over $4 million to Texas for Medicaid fraud. Similar investigations revealed over $8 million in possible fraud across nine states.
      • Planned Parenthood fights laws that protect women and children. They have opposed legislation that would protect infants born alive after failed abortions and tried to derail an anti-human trafficking bill because the legislation included a longstanding and widely-supported policy against taxpayer funding of abortion.
      • Do you think the government should be funding Planned Parenthood?

        Democrats Lay The Groundwork For Possible Virtual Convention

        WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee moved Tuesday to allow for a virtual 2020 convention if the party determines that to be necessary as the coronavirus continues to claim American lives.

        A resolution approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee lets delegates vote and “participate in the Convention in person or by means that allow for appropriate social distancing.”

        DNC Chairman Tom Perez said he still expects and hopes to see a full convention in Milwaukee, and that a “precise format” has not been decided.

        “This will give the convention team the tools necessary to adapt and plan in order to ensure that every delegate is able to accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk – whether that be participating in person or by other means to allow for social distancing,” he said.

        Also on Tuesday, the DNC panel approved waivers by states seeking to move their primary dates as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

          Democratic Super Pac Trump Campaign Launch New Ad Campaigns

          WASHINGTON — Unite the Country, a super PAC that supports apparent Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and President Trump’s campaign are spending big money ahead of the parties’ conventions this summer.

          Unite the Country’s $10 million ad campaign launched Friday and will last until the Democratic convention. Their first ad of this campaign, entitled “Deserve”, focuses on rebuilding the economy and Biden retelling his family’s story of leaving Pennsylvania for work opportunities during the 2012 Democratic convention.  

          “A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity, it’s about respect, it’s about your place in the community,” Biden said in 2012. 

          Unite the Country was formed by Biden allies in October to support his candidacy during the Democratic primaries. Now, it is one of several super PACs working to boost Biden in the general election. While this ad signals a positive message, another prominent super PAC, Priorities USA, has been spending heavily on Biden’s behalf with spots strongly critical of President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

          On Thursday, the Trump campaign came out with its own 60-second ad attacking the former vice president on China. Like past ads the campaign and PACs supporting the president have run against Biden, the ad alleges Biden would be soft on China. 

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