Could Bernie Sanders be affecting Hillary Clinton’s campaigning? Asked whether she would back the Keystone XL pipeline, the Democratic frontrunner didn’t think she needed to answer that question until January 2017. Today, a slightly less inevitable-looking Clinton changed her mind and said what Bernie Sanders has been saying all along: No to Keystone XL!
But during a campaign stop in Des Moines, the Democratic presidential candidate said she thought the matter “would be decided by now.”
“But it hasn’t been decided and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility,” she said. Clinton went on to say the pipeline is a “distraction” from important work to be done on climate change, and “one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues — therefore I oppose it” [“Clinton Breaks Silence, Announces Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline,” Fox News, 2015.09.22].
A distraction? You know what I think has been distracting Clinton? This chart:
Since July, Clinton has reflected her support to the wrong side of the 50% line. Sanders voters plus Biden hopers exceed Clinton backers.
Vice-President may or may not have said he opposes Keystone XL. Senator Sanders has opposed Keystone XL since at least the last Preidential election. So hey, if Hillary Clinton wants to adopt more of Bernie Sanders’s positions, I say, rock on!