October 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton Under Fire For Flip Flops In First Debate

During last night’s Democratic presidential debate, moderator Anderson Cooper put Hillary Clinton on the spot for flip flopping on key issues, from the Keystone pipeline, to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to President Obama’s immigration policies:

Staying true to form, Clinton flip flopped on all of those issues and more – including gun control, her failed “Russia Reset,” and the administration’s Syria policy.

Clinton on Keystone: “I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”

Clinton in October 2010: “So as I say, we’ve not yet signed off on it. But we are inclined to do so and we are for several reasons — going back to one of your original questions — we’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada.”

Clinton on TPP: “It was just finally negotiated last week and in looking at it, it didn’t meet my standards.”

Clinton in November 2012: “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”

CNN Headline: “45 Times Secretary Clinton Pushed The Trade Bill She Now Opposes”

Clinton on the Second Amendment: “This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”

Clinton in a 2008 presidential debate: “So I believe that we can balance what I think is the right equation. I respect the Second Amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns, to use their guns, but I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across our country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands.”

More Clinton in 2008: “You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are.”

2008 CNN Headline: “Clinton Touts Her Experience With Guns”

Clinton on Immigration: “I want to open up the opportunity for immigrants to be able to buy in to the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act…It needs to be part of comprehensive immigration reform when we finally do get to it.”

Clinton in 2003: “We’ve got to do several things and I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants. I made this exception basically on humanitarian grounds because of the individual story but certainly we’ve got to do more at our borders. And people have to stop employing illegal immigrants.”

Clinton voted for the “Poison Pill” amendment that killed immigration reform in 2007: “Democrat Byron Dorgan, who seldom has tasted legislative success during 15 years in the Senate, scored a dubious victory last week. He was able to insert a poison pill into the immigration reform bill that aimed at emasculating the essential guest-worker program.”

Clinton on Russia and Putin: “We have to stand up to his bullying and specifically in Syria.”

Clinton while presenting “Russia Reset” button to Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in 2009: “You know, Sergei. In anticipation of this important meeting and our time here together, I wanted to present you with a little gift which represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying, and that is we want to reset our relationship.”

Clinton in 2010: “One of the fears that I hear from Russians is that somehow the United States wants Russia to be weak. That could not be farther from the truth. Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.”

Clinton On Syria No-Fly Zone: “What I believe and why I have advocated that the no-fly zone, which of course would be in a coalition, be put on the table is because I’m trying to figure out what leverage we have to get Russia to the table.”

Clinton on “Face The Nation” in September 2015: “I hope we are not turning to the Russians in that way. I hope what we’re doing — and this is what I support — and I heard Secretary Kerry say this is what we will be doing. And I think Secretary Carter has begun these conversations. First of all, we have to figure out what they are doing. Russia has a long interest in Syria. They have had a base in — a naval base in Syria for a long time. They have a connection because a lot of Syrians were educated in the Cold War in Moscow and a lot of Russians actually moved to Syria. So, they have not only deep links to Syria and Syrians, but they intend to support Assad for their own reasons. And we need to really unpeel what it is they’re trying to accomplish and work with others to try to contain them.”

Clinton at an Iowa town hall in October 2015: “I do believe, and I’ve said this, that we should be putting together a coalition to support a no-fly zone. Because I – and look, I think it’s complicated, and the Russians would have to be part of it or it wouldn’t work.”