Emails show Clin­ton wrestling with Key­stone pipe­line stance

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Hacked emails show Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign wres­tled with how to an­nounce her op­po­si­tion to con­struc­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial Key­stone XL pipe­line with­out los­ing the sup­port of la­bor unions that sup­ported to project.

Emails pub­lished this week by Wik­iLeaks show de­bate and con­fu­sion within the Clin­ton camp as it faced down the un­ex­pect­edly strong pri­mary chal­lenge by lib­eral Sen. Bernie San­ders, who op­posed the pipe­line. As Clin­ton pre­pared to come out against the pipe­line last year, her aides wor­ried about how her shift in po­si­tion would be per­ceived.

Clin­ton press sec­re­tary Brian Fal­lon asked in an email whether the can­di­date’s “new­found po­si­tion on Key­stone” would be “greeted cyn­i­cally and per­haps as part of some man­u­fac­tured at­tempt to project sin­cer­ity?” The emails were stolen from the ac­counts of Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta.

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