Biden adviser pushes back against Hyde reversal criticism: 'He's authentic'

 Biden adviser pushes back against Hyde reversal criticism: 'He's authentic'
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A senior adviser to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE defended the 2020 White House hopeful after he reversed his previous support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits using federal funds for abortions.

His reversal came just a day after Biden's campaign had reaffirmed his decades-long support for the amendment, which was strongly criticized by other 2020 Democratic candidates as well as groups that support abortion rights.

“He’s authentic. Voters know who Joe Biden is. He is someone that has these deeply personal held beliefs ... but he’s also somebody that believes in listening,” Symone SandersSymone SandersTensions raised in Biden campaign over segregationist comments, letters: report Pelosi on Biden: 'I have no criticism of what he believes is his story to tell' The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats frustrated by Hope Hicks's silence MORE said in a CNN interview on Friday. 

Sanders also rejected the criticism that Biden, widely seen as the current front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, had reversed himself after facing liberal criticism.

"If the vice president was bending to the whims of a number of my liberal activist friends, he would have came out for 'Medicare for All' last night, but you heard him talking about a public option," she noted, referring to the Biden speech on Thursday at a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta.

"He’s the same Joe Biden last night that he is today," Sanders also said.

Sanders previously worked for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential run before joining Biden's campaign this year.  

Biden on Thursday justified his change in stance on the Hyde Amendment on abortion restrictions recently passed by Republican governors.

"If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code," he said on Thursday.