CNN’s Anderson Cooper opened Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate by accusing Hillary Clinton of flip-flopping on issues for “political expediency.”
“Will you say anything to get elected?” Cooper asked Clinton, after outlining how the Democratic front-runner has suddenly moved to the far left on many issues.
“Some Democrats believe you changed your positions based on political expediency. You’re against same-sex marriage now you are for it,” Cooper said. “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.”
Clinton maintained that she has “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,” she said. “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 continued to press Clinton about being a panderer.
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