Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave her first organized news conference on Monday since she announced her candidacy two months ago. Despite being pressed on her position on the trade deal that has divided Democrats and consumed Congress, Clinton still refused to take a position and maintained that she would "judge the final product."
"I will judge what's in the final agreement but hope it can be made better," Clinton told reporters in New Hampshire.
Like she did in Iowa over the weekend, Clinton said she thinks President Barack Obama should use the failure of the trade agreement in the House of Representatives as leverage to get more out of the deal and attract more Democrats.
"I think this is a chance to use this leverage so the deal does become one that more Americans and more members of Congress can vote for," she said.
While Clinton gave Obama such advice, she also praised him for an economic recovery and said he "doesn't get the credit he deserves."
"I think the president has done an extraordinary job dealing with a terrible set of issues," she said of the president coming into office amidst a deep recession.
The former Secretary of State also addressed the criticism that she is too wealthy to understand the needs of the middle class and those who are struggling financially. She said she's "proud of her progressive credentials," adding that she's believed in progressive ideals "since college."
"When I say I'm going to fight ... that's what I'm going to do every single day," Clinton said.