Clinton: ‘I’m A Progressive Who Likes To Get Things Done’ (VIDEO)

AP

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton identified herself as “a progressive” during the first Democratic debate on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, but she qualified it by saying she’s one who gets things done.

CNN debate host Anderson Cooper asked Clinton whether she was a progressive or a moderate after the former secretary of state defended changing her stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Cooper asked Clinton if she changed her political stance based on who she was talking to and mentioned a comment that she made last month in New Hampshire in which she said that she pleaded “guilty” to “being kind of moderate and center.”

Clinton said she didn’t “take a back seat to anyone” when it came to progressive experience or commitment.

“I’m a progressive, but I’m a progressive who likes to get things done,” Clinton said to applause. “And I know how to find common ground and I know how to stand my ground and I have proved that in every position that I’ve had.”

Watch the exchange:

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