Sen. Bernie Sanders panned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her continued dodging on the Keystone XL pipeline and Trans-Pacific Partnership, telling MSNBC’s Ed Schultz her non-answers have no merit.
Sanders told the host he “strongly disagree[s] with Clinton’s decision to not offer up any concrete stance on either of the two hot-button issues, adding further that “people are entitle to know her opinion.”
ED SCHULTZ: You have reacted to her refusal to give an answer on Keystone [XL]. Secretary Clinton has come back and said that bringing this up is shooting in the dark. What’s your response to that?
BERNIE SANDERS: I strongly disagree. We know exactly where the oil is coming from. It’s tar sands oil. The issue here is…if we are serious about combatting climate change, which the scientists tell us is the major environmental crisis facing our planet, we have got to do everything that we can to prevent the excavation and transportation of the some of the dirtiest fossil fuel on earth. I think this Keystone Pipeline idea is a terrible idea. I’m against it and frankly I think Secretary Clinton should be speaking out on the issue.
SCHULTZ: Well, we’ve got this patent answer from the candidate Clinton. She says that because she was secretary of state, it is not appropriate for her to comment on these two major issues. What is your reaction to that? Is that political cover or is there merit to that answer as you see it?
SANDERS: No, I don’t think there is merit to that answer. She is a candidate for President of the United States. Climate change is one of the great issues that all of us have got to deal with and I think the people are entitled to know her opinion on the issue.