Politics

America Rising Compiles Hillary Clinton’s Senate ‘Highlight Reel’

With this weekend marking 15 years since Hillary Clinton was elected by New Yorkers to the U.S. Senate, America Rising has compiled a highlight reel of Clinton's tenure from 2001 to 2009.

They included a 2003 speech about championing "transparency and openness," 2008 remarks about Wall Street being the "lifeblood of our state's economy," and her 2004 statement in support of the Iraq War resolution, warning Saddam Hussein to "disarm or be disarmed."

Clinton's remarks about transparency were interesting given her later decision to use an unauthorized, private email server while secretary of state. Clinton, now running for the 2016 Democratic nomination, has also tried to soften criticism that she's cozy with Wall Street and repeatedly said she made a mistake supporting the Iraq War.

The reel included Clinton's not-so-long-ago speech opposing same-sex marriage, which she began to champion only after leaving the Obama administration.

"I believe that marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman," Clinton said in 2004.

Clinton's flip-flops on various issues were the subject of a Meet The Press montage, when Clinton appeared Sept. 27. Host Chuck Todd played a reel of her earlier statements on gay marriage, the Iraq War and the Keystone Pipeline, all positions on which she has swung to side with the party's left flank.

"If we don’t learn, if we don’t make decisions based on the best information we have available, that’s regrettable, and what I’ve always tried to do is to say, ‘Ok, what is the best decision that I can think about making?" Clinton said.