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Ohio voters reject ballot initiative in critical win for abortion rights
02:27 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

President Joe Biden will lean into protecting abortion rights on the 2024 campaign trail, his campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, told CNN Thursday in her first live television interview.

The strategy encapsulates the sharp evolution Biden has made on abortion rights, which has been a charged issue for a president who has witnessed up close the changing politics of abortion over the half-century span of his career. Long one of the Democratic Party’s most moderate voices on abortion, Biden has reckoned with personal qualms rooted in his Catholic faith.

However, he has changed his view on the issue over the years and has called for codifying Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed a federal constitutional right to abortion, since the 2020 campaign. He has also supported repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks using federal funds for abortions, after years of voting in favor of the amendment.

Chavez Rodriguez told Dana Bash on CNN’s “Inside Politics” that Biden will continue to focus on “efforts that are helping motivate and mobilize voters right now” – like abortion access – as the president looks toward reelection.

“We’re encouraged by what we’re seeing in Ohio, and it’s yet another data point based on what we’ve seen really across the country … that abortion is a potent issue,” she said, speaking on “Inside Politics.” “It’s an issue that is top of mind for many voters across this country.”

Abortion rights were one of the primary motivators for Democratic voters during the 2022 midterms, helping the party hold on to the US Senate and perform better in many other races around the country than anticipated.