The democratic presidential candidate on Thursday expressed frustration over the Obama administration's delay on making a decision on Keystone XL pipeline, and said that she is “putting the White House on notice” and will make her position known “soon” —- something she so far refused to do.
“I have been waiting for the administration to make a decision. I thought I owed them that,” Clinton said during a town hall at the Concord Boys and Girls Club, when asked by a female voter about the multi-billion dollar pipeline that runs from Canada to the Gulf Coast. "I can’t wait too much longer. I am putting the White House on notice. I am going to tell you what I think soon.”
Clinton, of course, did not give a direct answer -– and her position is still unknown. However, this is the farthest she has gone yet to suggest that she might bypass the President and take a stance.
(While campaigning in New Hampshire in July, Clinton told a voter, who asked for her position, this: "If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.”)
Clinton has come under fire by environmentalists for not taking any stance at all on the Keystone pipeline, which she repeatedly has said she will not do as a candidate due to her past role as secretary of state.
Clinton’s Democratic presidential rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have both been on the record in opposition to the Keystone pipeline for months, and often bring it up as a point of contrast with Clinton.
Clinton's decision to take a position on the pipeline could be a sign that things are heating up in the race.
Her remark comes the same day Sanders’s campaign announced that they raised $1 million off of revelations that Clinton’s super PAC, Correct the Record, was peddling opposition research on the Vermont senator.
Sanders is leading Clinton by 9 points in New Hampshire according to a recent NBC News/Marist poll.
Clinton is currently in New Hampshire for a three-day campaign swing.
During her prepared remarks in Concord, Clinton also reacted to the GOP debate, which she was full of "bickering, lots of personal insults…all kinds of claims without any basis.”
“It may be entertaining for some,” she said, “But it is not going to be good for America.”