• Cooper to Hillary: Will You Say Anything to Get Elected?

    Moderator of CNN’s Democratic presidential debate, Anderson Cooper, brought up Hillary Clinton’s flip-flops on issues like trade and pressed the Democratic frontrunner on whether she changes her positions on issues for “political expediency.”

    “Some Democrats believe you changed your positions based on political expediency,” Cooper said. “You’re against same-sex marriage now you are for it. You defended President Obama’s immigration policy now you say they are too harsh. You supported his trade deal dozens of times you even called it the gold standard, suddenly last week you’re against it.”

    “Will you say anything to get elected,” he asked Clinton.

    Clinton insisted she’s been “very consistent” over the course of her life, but she also reassesses based on new information.

    “I have been consistent over the course of my entire life. I have always fought for the same values and principles. But like most human beings, including those of us who run for office, I do absorb new information, I do look at what’s happening in the world,” Clinton answered. “Take the trade deal. I did say when I was secretary of state three years ago, that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week. In looking at it, it didn’t meet my standards. My standards for more new good jobs for Americans, for raising wages for Americans and I want to make sure that I can look into the eyes of any middle class American and say this will help raise your wages and I concluded I could not.”

    Cooper still kept on, even asking, “Do you change your political identity based on who you’re talking to?”


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