Tim Kaine can't explain Hillary Clinton's pro open border, pro free trade positions
Tim Kaine struggled to explain a position Hillary Clinton apparently took in a 2013 paid speech to a Brazilian bank that was uncovered in a new WikiLeaks hack over the weekend.I think it is pretty telling that Kaine has not asked Clinton that question. He probably thinks that it is her "private position" and it is not convenient to her current campaign. If she is not asked that question at this evening's debate, we will know that some in the media are part of the cover-up.
Clinton's comments -- she apparently told an audience that her "dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders" -- are at odds with statements she has made on the campaign trail in which she has called for more restrictive trade policies in order to protect American workers.
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that aired Sunday on "State of the Union," Tapper asked Kaine if his running mate really desires "a hemispheric common market with open borders sometime in the future," as was written in a transcript of a 2013 closed-door speech she apparently gave to Brazilian bankers that was included in one of the hacked emails.
But when Tapper pressed Kaine on whether it was accurate that Clinton truly wishes for "open borders and free trade," Kaine deflected by saying, "I have no way of knowing that."
"Well, you could ask her," Tapper replied.