As Clinton Visits DC, Sanders Steals the Spotlight
Hillary Clinton probably didn’t mean to give a Washington, D.C. press event away to Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. But he gladly took it anyway.
On her latest charm offensive, the former Secretary of State returned to Capitol Hill to hold closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats, including Sanders—her closest rival in the polls for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
Emerging from that meeting while Clinton headed to another one, Sanders walked directly over to a set of microphones—typically reserved for Senate leaders—and launched into an impromptu press conference, telling reporters, “Let me welcome Secretary Clinton back to the Senate,” before dryly listing off the issues the two political rivals disagree on.
Decades of bad multi-national deals, like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), “have been disastrous for American workers,” Sanders said, adding, “Secretary Clinton, I believe, has a different view on that issue,” obliquely referencing her refusal to take a clear stance on current pending pacts like the Trans Pacific Partnership.
On climate change, he noted his opposition to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which aims to transport “some of the dirtiest fuel on this planet. I think Secretary Clinton has not been clear on her views on that issue.” (In fact, environmentalists have recently raised the alarm about Clinton’s potential conflicts of interest over Keystone.)
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