Hillary Clinton was treated to an old-fashioned rendition of Meet The Press Sunday, as host Chuck Todd told her his team had assembled a montage of times where she had changed her political positions on key issues.
Clips of Clinton flipping her view on the Iraq War, gay marriage and the Keystone Pipeline ensued.
Clinton initially supported the Iraq War and voted for the resolution when she was a New York senator, but she ultimately called that a mistake. On the Senate floor in 2004, she said she believed marriage was between one man and one woman, but she now presents herself as a champion of gay rights. And on Keystone, Clinton supported the pipeline whose process of approval began when she was secretary of state, before finally announcing this week that she opposed it after months of hedging on the issue.
"So how do you respond to some critics who say, 'You know, your positions have changed out of political expediency, that whatever the majority is at that time, that's the position you have?'" Todd asked.
Clinton replied it didn't reflect her assessment of issues and how "people who are thoughtful actually conduct their lives."
"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.
Clinton went through each position change step-by-step, blaming the Bush administration for poor management of the Iraq War, saying she "did evolve" like President Obama on gay marriage, and saying she now had a stronger understanding of the "dirtiness" of the oil involved with Keystone.
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