According to The Huffington Post, eight years ago, it was the topic of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants that first tripped up the seemingly inevitable presidential candidacy of then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)
During an October 2007 debate in Philadelphia, Clinton was asked whether she supported the efforts of her home-state governor, Eliot Spitzer, to pass a bill authorizing those licenses.
Spitzer was reportedly arguing that it would make the roads safer since undocumented immigrants with licenses would more likely to get insurance and cooperate with police.
But Clinton had fits with the question.
She said the New York proposal “makes a lot of sense,” before adding that she did not support it. Her Democratic primary opponents on the stage pointed out that her answer was unclear.
About two weeks later, Clinton had a settled answer. “As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people,” she said in a statement, adding that she would push for broader immigration reform, states the Huffington Post.
As she makes her second bid for the presidency, Clinton’s position is far clearer and decidedly different. “Hillary supports state policies to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants,” a campaign spokesperson told The Huffington Post.