Media Matters founder David Brock defends Hillary Clinton's decision to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal she once called the "gold standard" of trade as Secretary of State. On Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBC's All In Brock said Clinton supported the deal during her tenure at the State Department because it was what President Obama wanted. He told guest host Alex Wagner the flip-flop shows the Democratic presidential candidate is "the real progressive champion" in the race.
"I think as the campaign goes on, there are going to be some issues where maybe she had not taken a stand before and maybe she even comes out and says something that is in disagreement with what she said a few years ago," Brock said Wednesday night. "She came up with a decision that I think will show her to be what I believe is the real progressive champion in the race."
ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: When we're talking about everything in politics is fair game or calculation is part of the process, what is your thinking about Hillary Clinton coming out against the TPP -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- today, given the fact that she has called it the gold standard. She has made comments back to 2010 seemingly in support of the trade deal. Do you think today represents a turning of a corner? Do you think it is in line with what she has proposed she is as a candidate? What is your response?
DAVID BROCK, MEDIA MATTERS: I do. I think as the campaign goes on, there are going to be some issues where maybe she had not taken a stand before and maybe she even comes out and says something that is in disagreement with what she said a few years ago. That's all going to be possible in a campaign, sure. So she evaluated this issue and she took her time. She came up with a decision that I think will show her to be what I believe is the real progressive champion in the race...
I don't agree that political expedience is something that is part of a narrative for Hillary Clinton, or at least that the truthful narrative certainly isn't.
Look, she has a progressive record that goes back decades as you know as a passionate advocate for strong families and a strong America. And I think her position on this is totally consistent with that. She has evaluated it, she has come out. She is now is a candidate. You know, when you're in the administration you follow what the president wants.
WAGNER: Sure, but maybe upwards of 40, 45 comments in support of the TTP, you don't think that that's an issue at all?
BROCK: No, I really don't. No, I mean people now know where she stands and that is what she is going to do as a presidential candidate and hopefully president.