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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on immigration, gay marriage and more over the years

Candidates for political office are notorious for tailoring their comments on policy issues over the years to fit their ambitions.

Presidential candidates, of course, aren't any different. And, with the stakes even higher, seeing how their comments on the record have changed over time can give an important glimpse into how they might operate in elected office.

Here's how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have responded to the issues, both in 2015 and in past years, on everything from gun control to abortion. Check for yourself to see if they've flip-flopped or not.

Bernie Sanders on gun control

What he said in 2015:
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What he said in 2015: "If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen."

Source: Seven Days

What he said in 2013: "Nobody believes that gun control by itself is going to end the horrors we have seen in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., Tucson, Ariz. and other American communities ... There is a growing consensus, however, in Vermont and across America that we have got to do as much as we can to end the cold-blooded, mass murders of innocent people. I believe very strongly that we also have got to address the mental health crisis in our country and make certain that help is available for people who may be a danger to themselves and others."

Source: Sanders press release

Bernie Sanders on the minimum wage

What he said in 2015:
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What he said in 2015: "I think if you work 40 hours a week, you have a right not to live in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It's got to be raised to a living wage."

Source: Business Insider

What he said in 2013: "Look. Here's the story. The story is that the national minimum wage is seven and a quarter an hour. I think most people understand that's a starvation wage. Individuals can't live on it. Families can't live on it. If we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which to my mind doesn't go as far as it should, that would be a raise for 30 million Americans, vast majority of them are adults. And that's just not people making seven and a quarter an hour. It's people making eight bucks an hour, nine dollars an hour."

Source: MSNBC

Hillary Clinton on illegal immigration

What she said in 2003:
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What she said in 2003: "I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants ... We've got to do more at our borders. And people have to stop employing illegal immigrants."

What she said in 2015: "They don't want to provide a path to citizenship," Clinton said of Republicans. "They range across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile towards immigrants."

Source: The New York Post

Bernie Sanders on immigration

What he said in 2015:
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What he said in 2015: "There is a reason why Wall Street and all of corporate America likes immigration reform, and it is not, in my view, that they're staying up nights worrying about undocumented workers in this country. What I think they are interested in is seeing a process by which we can bring low-wage labor of all levels into this country to depress wages for Americans, and I strongly disagree with that."

Source: Think Progress

What he said in 2013: "What I do not support is, under the guise of immigrant reform, a process pushed by large corporations which results in more unemployment and lower wages for American workers."

Source: The Washington Post.

Hillary Clinton on gay marriage

What she said in 2004:
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What she said in 2004:

"I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman."

What she said in 2015: "Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality -- the courage and determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible."

Source: Gawker

Bernie Sanders on abortion

What he said in 2015:
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What he said in 2015: "I respect absolutely a family that says, 'No, we are not going to have an abortion,'" he said. "But I would hope that other people respect the very painful and difficult choice that many women feel they have to make and don't want the government to tell them what they have to do."


What he said in 2012: "We are not returning to the days of back-room abortions, when countless women died or were maimed. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman, her family and physician to make, not the government."

Source: The Huffington Post

Hillary Clinton on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

What she said in 2010:
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What she said in 2010: "The United States is also making important progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will bring together nine APEC economies in a cutting-edge, next-generation trade deal, one that aims to eliminate all trade tariffs by 2015 while improving supply change, saving energy, enhancing business practices both through information technology and green technologies."

What she said in 2015:

"As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it. I don't believe it's going to meet the high bar I have set."

Source: Politifact

Bernie Sanders on Syria

What he said in 2015:
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What he said in 2015: "We must be very careful about not making a complex and dangerous situation in Syria even worse ... I support President Obama's efforts to combat ISIS in Syria while at the same time supporting those in that country trying to remove the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad."

Source: The Washington Post

What he said in 2013: "At a time when the middle class is literally disappearing, when 46 million people are living in poverty and real unemployment is close to 14 percent, and a generation of kids are graduating from high school and college and can't find any work, and when we have the most unequal distribution of income since the Great Depression, what do you think is going to happen if we go to war with Syria?"

Source: The Progressive


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