CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper kicked off Tuesday night’s debate by grilling Clinton on her alleged reversal of positions on a variety of matters. He confronted her on her varied stances on issues ranging from immigration to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and even went on to ask the presidential hopeful if she changes her political identity based on who she’s talking to.
“Will you say anything to get elected?” Cooper asked.
Clinton, however, decided to tackle the charges of flip-flopping head-on.
“I have been very consistent,” the former secretary of state replied. “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.”
Not satisfied yet, Cooper then asked Clinton whether she identified herself as a progressive or a moderate – particularly since the candidate has used both descriptions on the campaign trail, and both Republicans and Democrats have been critical of her stance on progressive issues.
“I’m a progressive, but I’m a progressive who likes to get things done,” said Clinton, boasting her overall political accomplishments. “I have a long history of getting things done rooted in the values that I’ve always had. And I know how to find common ground and I know how to stand my ground.”
Despite a few bumps over some questions – like Wall Street reform, for instance – Hillary Clinton not only came across as the more competent and comprehensive candidate, she also appeared as someone who spent a lot of time preparing for the debate.
Truth be told, she seemed to be more plugged into how modern Democratic voters think about the issues, than her esteemed counterparts.
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