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What's Hillary Clinton? A Socialist? Democrat? Moderate? Progressive?

- February 3, 2016

No One In Clintonland Can Say

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Last month, the Clinton campaign refused to state the difference between a "Democrat" and a "socialist."
  • The Clinton campaign won't say whether Hillary Clinton is a "moderate" or a "progressive."
  • Throughout the years, Hillary Clinton has had a shifting self-description, changing from a "moderate" to "New Democrat," to a "progressive."

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THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN CAN'T ANSWER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AND DEMOCRAT AND A SOCIALIST

Earlier This Month, Clinton Dodged On Difference Between Democrat And Socialist. Earlier This Month, Clinton Dodged On Difference Between Democrat And Socialist. MATTHEWS: "What's the difference the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?" CLINTON: "Well I can tell you what I am. I am a progressive democrat who likes to get things done and who believes that we are better off in this country when we are trying to solve problems together. Getting people to work together. There will always be strong feelings and I respect that, from the far right, the far left, the libertarian, whoever it might be, we need to get people working together. We've got to get the economy fixed, all of our problems really tackled. And that's what I want to do." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 1/15/16)

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Last Week, Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook Dodged On The Difference Between A Democrat And Socialist. MATTHEWS: "Are you a socialist? I'm asking." VILSACK: "I'm a Democrat." MATTHEWS: "Are you a socialist?" VILSACK: "I'm a Democrat." MOOK: "I'm a Democrat. And a proud one." MATTHEWS: "What's the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?" MOOK: "I think…" MATTHEWS: "No, what's the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?" MOOK: "I will let Bernie Sanders describe…" MATTHEWS: "Why are you guys so squeamish about this?" (MSNBC's "Hardball, 1/31/16)

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THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN CAN'T ANSWER WHETHER CLINTON IS A PROGRESSIVE OR MODERATE

Yesterday, Clinton Spokesperson Brian Fallon Could Not Answer Whether There Was A Difference Between Being A Moderate And A Progressive. BALDWIN: "So moderate and center, or progressive? Senator Sanders says you can't be both, Brian, so which is it?" FALLON: "she's a progressive who likes to get things done. and as you heard in the latter part of that comment there, she's not shy to admit that when it comes to governing, to get actual results on these progressive values that both she and Senator Sanders share, sometimes that means working across the aisle to get thing done. and that's the track record that she has, which I think is in stark contrast to Senator Sanders who spent two decades in Washington talking about these ideals and values that they both share but having very little to show for it." BALDWIN: "So you believe it is possible to be both moderate and progressive, and that is Hillary Clinton." FALLON: "She is a progressive through and through. A progressive, though, who likes to get things done and sometimes that means meeting people in the middle to get real results for people. That's what she'll do as president." ( CNN Live, 2/3/16)

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CLINTON HAS GONE FROM "NO LABELS" TO "NEW DEMOCRAT" TO "PROGRESSIVE" OVER THE YEARS

1996: Clinton Says She Doesn't Like The "Label" Of Liberal To Describe Her Beliefs

In 1996 Clinton Said "No" When Asked Whether She Called Herself Liberal Because "I Don't Think These Labels And Stereotypes Work At All." LARRY KING: "So you'll- you say labels don't fit. You wouldn't call yourself a liberal?" CLINTON: "No, I don't think- I don't think these labels and stereotypes work at all." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 5/20/96)

2000: Clinton Says She's A "New Democrat" And A "Moderate"

Clinton Termed Herself A "New Democrat" At Her Announcement For U.S. Senate In February 2000. CLINTON: "I'm a New Democrat. I don't believe government is the source of all our problems or the solution to them." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Purchase, NY, 2/6/00)

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In August 2000 Clinton Agreed That She Was "Basically [A] Moderate." CLINTON: "You know, you go back to the kind of vitriol that really greeted both Bill and me when he began to run for president. It is hard to explain, except if you look..." KING: "Because you basically were moderate, right?" CLINTON: "Of course, but we were very intent upon changing things, and now I'm intent on preventing those positive changes from being reversed." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 8/14/00)

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2007: Clinton Says She's "Progressive" Not Liberal

In 2007 Clinton Said She "Prefer(red)" To Be Described As A Political "Progressive" Instead Of "Liberal." QUESTION: "Mrs. Clinton, how would you define the word 'liberal?' And would you use this word to describe yourself? Thank you." CLINTON: "You know, it is a word that originally meant that you were for freedom, that you were for the freedom to achieve, that you were willing to stand against big power and on behalf of the individual. Unfortunately, in the last 30, 40 years, it has been turned up on its head and it's been made to seem as though it is a word that describes big government, totally contrary to what its meaning was in the 19th and early 20th century. I prefer the word 'progressive,' which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century." (Hillary Clinton, CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

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2015: Clinton "Pleads Guilty" To Being A "Moderate"

In September 2015 Clinton Said She Would "Plead Guilty" To "Being Kind Of Moderate And Center." "Hillary Clinton confessed Thursday to something liberals have long suspected: being a moderate Democrat. 'You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center,' Clinton told the audience at a Women for Hillary event in Ohio. 'I plead guilty.'" (Dan Merica, "Clinton 'Pleads Guilty' To Being A Moderate," CNN, 9/10/15)

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2016: Clinton Says She's A "Progressive"

Yesterday, Clinton Said She'd "Been Fighting The Progressive Fight … For Years." "'We've been fighting the progressive fight and getting results for people for years, so I hope we keep it on the issues because if it's about our records, hey, I'm going to win by a landslide on Tuesday,' [Clinton] added." (Katie Reilly, "Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Are Arguing Over Who's More Progressive," Time, 2/3/16)


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