On the eve of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination, her relationship with labor unions -already strained by her past support for free trade deals that blue-collar workers fear threaten their jobs-is under scrutiny.
A decade-old video of her giving a speech to business executives in India about the outsourcing of jobs to South Asians and others shows Clinton saying the outsourcing was “inevitable” and should not be stopped by Congress.
In the video, Clinton, then a U.S. senator representing New York, answered questions at a February 2005 forum in New Delhi hosted by Aroon Purie, the-editor-in chief of India Today.
“Senator, if I may touch on what you just mentioned in your speech about outsourcing and over the fact of neutrality of interest, it wasn’t clear to me whether you had a view on outsourcing that there should be some legislation in America to stop or restrict outsourcing which the last presidential Democratic candidate (John Kerry), as you know, took a stand on.
“What is your view on it?” Purie asks the former first lady.