For years, Hillary Clinton has avoided taking a position on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying she would wait until she — hypothetically — becomes president to say whether or not she supports the project.
Well, today, as all of cable news was fixated on the arrival of Pope Francis I in Washington, D.C., Clinton actually broke some news:
Luckily there was some reporters present in Iowa to hear her answer the question this time:
Hillary Clinton just said for the first time that she opposes the Keystone pipeline.
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) September 22, 2015
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton: "I oppose" Keystone XL.
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) September 22, 2015
.@HillaryClinton says Keystone Pipleline is "a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change… I oppose it."
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) September 22, 2015
— Samantha-Jo Roth (@SamanthaJoRoth) September 22, 2015
According to a transcript of Clinton’s remarks, the former Secretary of State said that he had hoped the issue would be resolved by now, but since it has not, she said she has a “responsibility” to voters to share her position on it.
“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone Pipeline as what I believe it is: a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Clinton said. “And unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues. Therefore, I oppose it.”
Watch video below, via AP:
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