Joe Biden

Witcover: Biden takes heat for evolving stance on abortion

Witcover: Biden takes heat for evolving stance on abortion

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party's 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden's wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate pack.

It comes after weeks or months of aiming to diminish the grip of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the left side of the party, solidified in his strong 2016 candidacy as a professed democratic socialist outsider.

The weapon of choice is a carryover from Mr. Biden's failed 1988 presidential bid, in which he was an early casualty amid allegations of plagiarism. He borrowed without attribution the words of...

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