Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a sizable lead in the early stages of the race for the Democratic nomination. Her closest competitor is Independent Bernie Sanders, and depending on which poll you believe, she leads by around 20 percentage points.
Pundits are equally confident in weighing how she stacks up against the crowded GOP primary field.
Still, many — including her own supporters — aren’t quite sure about her track record. They know what she stands for now, but they haven’t done a lot of research into the past.
Some even give her a pass as long as she says what they want to hear at present. Lanny Davis is one of those people, and he recently demonstrated this lack of awareness in an interview on the Fox Business Network.
When asked about whether he thought Hillary Clinton felt she had to “go further left” to fend off Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, Davis “corrected” the host, stating that Clinton had never “changed a single position in her entire career, she has been a progressive Democrat.”
“So I don’t know what you mean by going left. Name me the issue she went left on,” Davis added.
I don’t know how the host responded to this as it’s a very short clip — see below — but it’s not hard picking apart Davis’ argument.
In fact, Mediaite of all places — a left-leaning news source — has an extensive list of all the issues that Hillary Clinton changed her position on. These include the following: the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind, NAFTA and TPP, criminal justice reform, the individual mandate, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, ethanol subsidies, and gay marriage.
Since that last one is still a hot-button issue in the wake of last Friday’s historic Supreme Court decision, here’s a reminder of what Hillary Clinton used to think about gay marriage.
“Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”
To hammer home the point that she was against gay marriage as recently as 2004, Clinton also had these comments to share.
It’s this flip-flopping that has many Democrats flocking to Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been largely consistent with his views, while the myriad changes of opinion Hillary Clinton has — often mirroring public opinion — make it easy to paint her as a Capitol Hill business-as-usual candidate. A politician who will say anything to get elected, in other words.
As you can see from the above examples, those fears are quite well-founded.
But what do you think, readers? Do the frequent changes of opinion from Hillary Clinton come across as sincere or pandering? Sound off in the comments section.