May 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton Wants To Have It Both Ways On Bill Clinton’s Legacy

Back in 1992, part of then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s pitch to voters was that if they elected him President, voters would get two for the price of one in the White House because of Hillary Clinton’s expanded role.

Yesterday in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton resurrected that pitch to voters, stating that if they elected her, Bill Clinton would have a significant role in her White House:

“During a campaign event in Fort Mitchell today, the Democratic presidential candidate was more blunt than ever about what her husband’s role could be in a future Clinton administration — saying she plans to to put the former president ‘in charge of economic revitalization.’ ‘My husband, who I’m going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy, ’cause you know he knows how to do it,’ Clinton told the crowd at an outdoor organizing rally.”

Clinton’s remarks were the latest in a long line of comments in which she tried to own Bill Clinton’s economic record. Yet an extensive look at Clinton’s comments on Bill Clinton’s presidency shows that Hillary Clinton only selectively embraces the Bill Clinton’s legacy.

While Clinton wants reflected credit for economic growth in the 1990s, she has also disavowed a number President Clinton’s actions that she once supported. See below for three policies Hillary Clinton once praised and pushed for, but would now like Democratic primary voters to forget about:

NAFTA

Original Position: Hillary Clinton “backed” President Clinton’s push to pass NAFTA.

Current Position: Facing socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton now criticizes free trade agreements, and flip-flopped on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Crime Bill

Original Position: As First Lady, Hillary Clinton “lobbied” for the 1994 Crime Bill, saying that it “truly will make a difference.”

Current Position: Clinton now says that there were parts of the 1994 Crime Bill that she “didn’t particularly like,” and that its implementation went “too far.”

DOMA

Original Position: According to For Love Of Politics, Hillary Clinton backed President Clinton’s decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act after seeing Dick Morris’ polling that showed “overwhelming support” for the action. Clinton also said in 2000 that if she were a senator in 1996 she would have voted for DOMA. In 2004, Clinton said on the Senate floor that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Current Position: Last year, Clinton told Rachel Maddow that the signing of DOMA was a “defensive action,” which had the purpose of stopping something worse from becoming law.