Sanders Knocks Hillary Over Keystone
Sen. Bernie Sanders took a shot at Hillary Clinton on Thursday over her refusal to take a stance on the Keystone XL pipeline deal until the very end.
“How many years do you have to think about whether or not we excavate and transport the dirtiest fuel in the world?” Sanders said in a meeting with the Boston Globe editorial board on Thursday, referring to the Democratic presidential front-runner.
“It didn’t take me too long to think about that,” he added.
On Friday, President Barack Obama shot down the deal, citing concerns over the environment and the minimal economic benefit the United States would derive from such a deal.
The Hill reports:
Environmental and liberal groups waged a long fight against the project, which was under review for seven years.
Clinton, though, only announced her opposition to the pipeline in September. Clinton, who was secretary of State during part of the department’s review of the project, has defended herself from critics by noting that she has long championed policies to address climate change.
Sanders has been throwing more jabs at Clinton in recent weeks as he seeks to close the gap in the race.
He further contrasted himself with Clinton on Friday, saying he disagrees with her “on virtually everything.”
He pointed to issues he and Clinton disagreed on when she was also serving in the Senate, including his opposition to the Iraq War and the Defense of Marriage Act.
“You ask me about the differences between Hillary Clinton and myself? I have taken tough votes throughout my entire life,” Sanders said.
He also said that he should have come out more strongly against Clinton’s charges of sexism.
“We let her get away with it,” Sanders said. “We didn’t handle it as well as we should have.”
Clinton alleged that Sanders made a sexist remark when he said that people should stop “shouting” about guns after she raised his stance on gun control during the first Democratic debate.
She later said that “sometimes when a woman speaks out, some people think it’s shouting.”
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