Biden enrages activists with abortion stance
Joe Biden put clear water between himself and other Democrat presidential candidates on the issue of abortion as he pulled into a surprise poll lead over Donald Trump in Texas.
He enraged pro-choice activists and Democrats by confirming he was against the US government using taxpayers' money to fund abortion.
Mr Biden's campaign confirmed he backs the Hyde amendment, a 40-year-old law banning federal funding for abortion other than in cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother.
The official position of the party, and every other Democrat presidential candidate, is that Hyde should be repealed.
Mr Biden has set out a clear strategy of trying to occupy the centre ground in 2020, distancing himself from the other two dozen Democrat presidential candidates. The former vice-president led Mr Trump 48-44 in a Quinnipiac University poll in Texas. Other polls gave Mr Biden 12-point leads in Michigan, and the swing state of North Carolina. He also had a four-point lead in the Republican Arizona.
Mr Biden's stance was criticised by fellow Democrat candidates, while pro-choice activists called his position "unacceptable" and accused him of being an "out of touch white man".
Mr Biden has previously expressed his personal opposition to abortion.