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Tue May 3, 2016, 04:29 PM May 2016

Hillary Clinton Says Itís About ĎHard Choicesí But Admits Many of Her Choices Were Wrong

Hillary Clinton has stated many times that being president isn’t about grand ideas but about making “hard choices.” She even titled her book Hard Choices, and she has used this phrase regularly on the campaign trail.

She’s right: making difficult decisions is an essential part of leadership. But making the right choice is what great leadership requires, and even by her own admission many of her choices have been wrong.

Let’s review:

(Yes, you’re owed an apology in advance that the list is so long.)

For years Hillary Clinton promoted fracking while she was Secretary of State, but now she regrets her support.
She was, and still is, personally invested in the Keystone XL Pipeline, but now she says she wants to review this project.
For decades she was adamantly opposed to gay marriage and LGBT rights, but now she supports them.
She believed the intelligence George Bush and Dick Cheney provided about the supposed “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, but now she regrets her credulity.
She supported the Iraq War itself and spoke out repeatedly in support, but now she says this too was “a huge mistake.” Bernie Sanders looked at the same intelligence, listened to the same pro-war speeches, and yet came out strongly against the war, led the opposition to it in Congress, and repeatedly called out Bush and Cheney for deliberate misinformation.
She set up a private server in her home and sent official email through this server, possibly to conceal (from oversight) or to divulge (to private individuals) official business. The FBI is investigating. She has cautiously acknowledged an error in judgment.
She pushed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and referred to it as the “gold standard” of international business agreements many times. Now she says she needs to “take another look” at this job-crushing deal.
She supported the “free trade” deal with Panama, although now she says the deal was a mistake. Bernie opposed this deal from the beginning, saying it was a ruse to enable billionaires and giant corporations to move their profits overseas and avoid paying taxes. He was ridiculed for this view then, but he was proven right with the leak of the Panama Papers in March.

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Hillary Clinton Says Itís About ĎHard Choicesí But Admits Many of Her Choices Were Wrong (Original Post) insta8er May 2016 OP
People who are in a position of power have to make decisions on a daily basis. politicaljunkie41910 May 2016 #1
Well here is a list of over 200 bills catnhatnh May 2016 #2
In all those cases . . . she "misspoke." Vinca May 2016 #3
By "wrong" she means "unpopular." They were right for her. Scuba May 2016 #4


(3,335 posts)
1. People who are in a position of power have to make decisions on a daily basis.
Tue May 3, 2016, 04:37 PM
May 2016

Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they don't. That's life. Bernie on the other hand has spent 25 years feeding at the public trough and has nothing to show for it but a bunch of damn protest votes. The fact that he passed a bipartisan bill funding Healthcare for Veterans with members of the GOP Lapel Flag Wearing, We Support the Troops Brigade does not impress me in the least.


(8,976 posts)
2. Well here is a list of over 200 bills
Tue May 3, 2016, 04:44 PM
May 2016

that Bernie Sanders either sponsored or co-sponsored that became law:


Please relist the votes here that you claim are protest votes. I'm waiting....

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