WASHINGTON — Her leading rival is Sen. Bernie Sanders, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is increasingly running against the Obama administration as she tries to draw distinctions with her former boss to cater to Democratic primary voters.
On Monday, Clinton announced a plan to take executive action to close the “gun-show loophole” — which Obama could also do, but hasn’t.
“I’m going to try in every way,” Clinton vowed in New Hampshire. “I am going to get those guns out of people’s hands.”
Later, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was preparing his own “high-priority” executive actions.
On trade, Clinton helped start talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was signed Monday. But this summer, she started backpedaling on the major Obama priority, which took years to negotiate.
“I did not work on TPP,” she said in late July. “I never had any direct responsibility for the negotiations at all.”
Last month, Clinton came out against the Keystone Pipeline, which was under review during her time at the State Department.
She also broke with Obama on Arctic drilling, saying it’s “not worth the risk.” And she undercut ObamaCare by opposing the “Cadillac Tax” on employers, which is a key cost-containing component.
Clinton has also highlighted the administration’s refusal to adopt a no-fly zone over Syria.
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