July 23rd, 2007
07:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: 'I consider myself a modern progressive'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When asked whether she considers herself a liberal at Monday's CNN/YouTube debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said she prefers the word "progressive."

"I consider myself a modern progressive," said Clinton. "Someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we're working together."

Debate moderator Anderson Cooper followed up with Sen. Clinton asking, "so you wouldn't use the word 'liberal?' You'd say 'progressive?'"

Clinton nodded in agreement.

- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth, New York NY

    Why is liberal such a dirty word these days? So many people seem to shrink away at the thought of labellig themselves thusly.
    Yet another reason I'm about ready to give up on politics altogether.

    July 23, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Connie, Tn.

    Liberal used to mean tolerant and I think that is what we need in politics now. Quit running scared for being a "Liberal".

    July 23, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Rob,Austin,Texas

    Isn't that what she just said in her answer Anderson?Jeez...

    July 23, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Mike, Seattle WA

    I use the term Progressive for myself because I think it's a more accurate label because I favor knowledge based policies and reforms that also embrace individual freedoms and rights. On the other hand I equate being liberal with more of an ideology that doesn't always rest on knowledge based assessments. So what is possibly wrong with being a progressive?

    July 23, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Mike, HI

    “Someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we’re working together.”

    I assume you mean, Mrs. Clinton, that we should be able to work together on our own accord, and not because the government forces us to, right? Freedom means working together or donating money if we want, or remaining completely isolated and hoarding our money if we want. If you believe in the government forcing Americans to help each other out through welfare programs, you'll be contradicting yourself.

    July 23, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Jack, Durham, NC

    Liberals such as Senator Clinton have transitioned to "progressive" as a debate tactic, nothing more.

    Conservatives are just as progressive, if not more so, than liberals. What's so "progressive" about socialism?

    July 23, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |