MSNBC Hammers Karen Finney for Clinton Flip-Flops


MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart pressed Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney on Friday on Clinton's constant flip-flops.

Díaz-Balart showed a clip from opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I., Vt.) campaign event where Sanders pointed out all of the times that Clinton had flip-flopped on issues relevant to the campaign.

Sanders has said that he has been "boringly consistent" throughout his campaign.

Finney said that she found it disappointing that Sanders was "attacking" Clinton even though he promised that he was not going to run a negative campaign. Finney then tried to hit Sanders on his flawed health care plan and other positions that differ from Clinton's platform.

"Karen, is it negative campaigning to talk about what the other candidate did or didn't do in positions? Because, again, nothing that he is saying there is untrue, right?" Díaz-Balart asked.

Finney deflected the question and continued to try to prove Sanders has not been as consistent as he had said. She called Clinton's flip-flops "evolutions" because she had learned new information.

"Hillary's position, as she's talked about, has evolved on that position. I think that is a good thing in leaders, they get more information and say, ‘You know what? Maybe I was wrong this. Maybe I need to change the way I am thinking about this,’" Finney said.

Finney brought up Clinton's vote for the Iraq War and blew off that it is still a political position that people use to highlight Clinton's constantly changing positions.

Díaz-Balart told Finney the attacks were part of campaigning. Days before the Iowa caucuses a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll shows Clinton and Sanders neck-and-neck.

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Alyssa Canobbio is the War Room Director for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she worked as a Communications Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. Alyssa is originally from New Jersey and lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys sailing, craft beer, and watching the Steelers and the Phillies. Her Twitter handle is @AlyssaEinDC. She can be reached at

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