A week ago, Joe Biden notoriously flip-flopped on his long-held anti-fracking position while campaigning in Pennsylvania, where fracking is a major industry.
“I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden said.
Unfortunately for him, there was ample evidence that he’s promised to end fracking if elected president.
Now that polls have tightened, and Trump and Biden are tied in the state of Pennsylvania (a crucial swing state), Kamala Harris, who also campaigned on banning fracking, has also flip-flopped on the issue. Harris now says she’s comfortable with Biden’s newfound support for fracking because (wait for it!) it provides “good-paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania.”
During her failed presidential bid, Kamala Harris promised she would ban fracking.
“There is no question I am in favor of banning fracking,” Harris said during a CNN town hall on climate change in September 2019.
The Biden-Harris campaign knows that fracking and natural gas are important to the economy of Pennsylvania. After lurching further and further to the left during the primaries, they’re now trying to pivot back toward the center by reversing key positions they’ve long held to get support from the base of the Democratic Party. Now they’re desperately trying to pander to a crucial swing state and expect the public to trust them when they say they won’t ban fracking.
Matt Margolis is the author of the new book Airborne: How The Liberal Media Weaponized The Coronavirus Against Donald Trump, and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis