By Andy Barr | Posted: 01/22/08 5:32 PM [ET] - 01/22/08 05:33 PM EST
The video compares statements Obama made during Monday night’s Democratic debate with those he made to an AFL-CIO conference in June 2003 while campaigning for the Senate. Contradicting what Obama said at the debate, the old footage shows the senator saying, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage.
At the debate, Obama stated: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer.
“What I said was: If I were starting from scratch, if we didn’t have a system where employers typically provided healthcare, I would probably go with a single-payer system.”
Clinton attacked Obama on what she said is a changing position and referenced the remarks he made in 2003.
“We have seen, once again, a kind of evolution here,” she said. “When Sen. Obama ran for the Senate he said he was for single-payer and said he was for single-payer if we could get a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress.
“As time went on, the last four or so years, he said he was for single-payer in principle, then he was for universal healthcare,” Clinton added. “And then his policy is not … universal.”
Obama struck back, saying the only thing that had evolved is Clinton’s “presentation of my positions, which has happened frequently in this campaign.”