Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is taking “heat” from both conservatives and liberals for her stonewalling when asked what her position is on the Keystone XL pipeline, according to CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.
Clinton’s latest non-committal response came on Tuesday when she was asked by a Republican voter to give a straight “yes” or “no” answer on the subject:
This is President Obama’s decision, and I am not going to second-guess him, because I was in a position to set this in motion, and I do not think that would be the right thing to do. So I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide. If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.
Clinton is trying not to upset the liberal base, which she needs. But by being so evasive she’s only giving fuel to her main opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who recently criticized Hillary’s climate change plan:
It is hard for me to understand how one can be concerned about climate change but not vigorously oppose the Keystone Pipeline.
Zeleny noted that other environmentalists who oppose the pipeline are critical of Clinton for not stating her view. He said that one top campaign aide told him that they are well aware of the criticism, but that she doesn’t want to weigh in at this time because she thinks it would be “disruptive” to the process, and not the responsible thing to do.
That may be her position, but Zeleny said the truth is that Clinton doesn’t want to be boxed into a corner since some Democrats support the pipeline—because they say it creates jobs—while others oppose it. But by being so evasive, Clinton looks like she’s “less than forthcoming as a candidate,”
One thing is for sure. With a little more than 15 months to go until the election, this won’t be the last time voters get stonewalled by Clinton.