A Catholic voters group launched a $9.7 million campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, targeting Catholic voters in swing states.

The group calling out Biden, CatholicVote, is a conservative faith-based advocacy group that takes issue with Biden’s position on abortion, among other issues.

“Joe Biden’s record makes clear he will not protect our Catholic values or defend our way of life,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said in a statement. “For Catholics who cherish the Faith and their freedom to live it, a Biden presidency represents an existential threat.”

The group is launching a $350,000 digital ad campaign in Pennsylvania and Michigan and a video ad. The video ad focuses on Biden’s “radical stance on abortion,” with the narrator saying “Joe Biden would force American Catholics to pay for abortions, sacrificing his Catholic values to kneel before the leftist mob.”


After criticism last year, Biden backtracked his previous support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion under government programs like Medicaid.

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The organization also released “The Biden Report for Catholic Voters,” which covers Biden’s career “from a Catholic perspective” and highlights where he stands on issues like “sanctity of life,” religious liberty, judges, education and the dignity of work. It plans to send a condensed version of the report to 5 million “active Catholic voters” in swing states.

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CatholicVote’s ad campaign was released the same day that the Biden campaign announced its 36 national co-chairs of Catholics for Biden, including Sens. Bob Casey, Dick Durbin, and Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine, according to The Hill.

CatholicVote previously called on the Democratic candidate to condemn the “rising climate of anti-Catholicism” in the country.

Biden’s religion has come under attack from the Trump campaign as the president seeks to maintain support among evangelical Christians. Several speakers during the Republican National Convention last month criticized how Biden practices Catholicism, prompting the former vice president to call the jabs “preposterous.”

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