- CatholicVote, a national political advocacy group, has launched a $ 9.7 million advertising campaign against Joe Biden.
- The campaign started with digital ads in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
- Biden has been criticized by Conservatives for his record of abortion, which was a major topic at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
- Trump won the 2016 Catholic vote by 7 percentage points, but the group is seen to be winning this year.
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A conservative Catholic group has launched a $ 9.7 million advertising campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that focuses on Catholic voters in battlefield states across the country. according to The hill.
CatholicVote, a national political advocacy group, will begin its campaign with a $ 350,000 digital advertisement purchase in Michigan and Pennsylvania, both of which have sizable Catholic populations. The group, which has employees in six states and "over 2,000 ward captains who represent unique Catholic communities in these states," aims to reach over 5 million Catholics in several swing states.
If elected, Biden, the first Catholic vice president in US history, would be the first Catholic president since John F. Kennedy. For most of his political career, Biden has spoken at length about his beliefs and how he connected them to his family.
However, the group has confronted Biden on several questions, most notably regarding his position on abortion.
"Joe Biden's records make it clear that he will not protect our Catholic values or defend our way of life," said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, in a statement. "For Catholics who value the faith and their freedom to live it, a Biden presidency is an existential threat."
In a recent video ad, the narrator says, "Joe Biden would force American Catholics to pay for abortions and sacrifice his Catholic values to kneel before the left-wing mob."
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Last year, Biden was criticized by Conservatives for undoing his longstanding support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the procedure is to save the life of the Mother is required.
At the 2020 Republican National Congress, Lou Holtz, a longtime college and professional football coach, sharply criticized Biden in his speech on the subject of abortion.
"The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radical abortion campaign in history," said Holtz. "You and other politicians are only Catholics and are giving up innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives."
This week, the Biden campaign announced the 36 co-chairs for "Catholics for Biden," a group of supporters that includes Democratic Sens. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania and Tim Kaine from Virginia.
in the an interview with the National Catholic ReporterJohn McCarthy, deputy national political director for the Biden campaign, said the surrogates will show voters how their beliefs draw them to the Democratic candidate's message.
"The Catholicism he represents so personally plays out in the way he speaks about social injustice, economic inequality, work that is more than a paycheck, but about dignity and other Catholic touchstones," McCarthy said.
Former President Barack Obama won the Catholic vote in 2008 (54% -45%) and 2012 (50% -48%), while Trump carried the Catholic vote by 7 percentage points (52% -45%) in 2016. according to the Pew Research Center.