House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Hillary Clinton's progressive credentials on Thursdays as rival Bernie Sanders continues to suggest the former secretary of state only embraces the ideology when it's politically expedient.
“I think Hillary Clinton is a progressive, yes,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press briefing.
Sanders has called into question Clinton’s progressives credentials, even tweeting, “You can be a moderate. You can be a progressive. You cannot be a moderate and a progressive.”
Pelosi acknowledged that “there are no questions about Bernie’s [progressive] credentials” however, issued a full force defense of Clinton.
“When it comes to investing in our values, when it comes to her work with children for her whole life, the list goes on and on about her progressives credentials,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi also touched upon how progressives can be finicky and that they often try to impose purity tests on elected officials that are impossible for those trying to govern.
“Who sets the standard for progressive? Let me tell you, some days I’m the darling of progressives and maybe later in the same day, I’m the target of the progressives," Pelosi said. "One thing about the progressives is that they have a very high standard and a high percentage of agreeability, be consistent with everything that each of them believes is the standard that they have set.”
Pelosi declined to endorse Clinton, however since Clinton announced her run, she’s hinted at her fondness for the former first lady, saying things like, “I look forward to our next president, whoever SHE might be.”