Hillary Clinton a Model of Consistency, John Podesta Says

Clinton's campaign manager put his boss in a league of her own.


Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and democratic candidate for U.S. president, speaks during an Iowa launch event in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

According to Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, the Democratic presidential front-runner for 2016 has been as steady as a rock when it comes to policy matters. 

“I don’t think there’s ever been anyone more consistent in their entire career,” John Podesta said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. “She’s made her values clear, her priorities clear." 

To be sure, Podesta conceded, since Clinton has been in the political spotlight since her husband was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978,  many of her views have evolved over time. As an example, Podesta cited Clinton's changing stance on same-sex marriage. 

“Times change,” Podesta said. “The country has shifted. This isn’t 1992, it’s not 2008, it's 2015.”

Perhaps a thornier issue for the former New York senator and United States secretary of state, however, is the ongoing dispute over whether Congress should give President Barack Obama fast-track negotiating authority over trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On this point, Podesta again argued that Clinton has been consistent. 

“She has been very clear about where she stands on trade,” Podesta said of Clinton. “She has laid out a two-pronged test for validating trade agreements. First, does it grow jobs and grow wages? Second, does it protect our national security? That's her position.”

Pressed by host Chuck Todd about Clinton's past statements supporting the TPP trade deal, Podesta said that the candidate was still awaiting the final details. 

"The deal's not done," Podesta said. "The deal has some good things, some concerns, but when the deal is done she'll render a final judgement." 



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