A CNN State of the Union panel had some fun at Hillary Clinton's expense Sunday. After playing clips showing the Democratic presidential frontrunner telling one audience she's "guilty" of being a "moderate" and another of being a dyed-in-the-wool "progressive," the Jake Tapper-hosted panel literally laughed out loud at the contradiction.
Tapper showed the panel two clips from recent campaign speeches showing Clinton making conflicting claims to the two audiences.
"I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values," Clinton declared to a New Hampshire audience on July 3.
But last Wednesday Clinton said in her best aw-shucks manner that she was "guilty" of being too darned centrist.
"You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center. I plead guilty," she said.
Tapper asked the panel if they thought she was sending "kind of a mixed message."
The panel, including former Obama administration official Van Jones and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, responded by laughing at the notoriously uncandid candidate.
Pointing to Clinton's "really forced attempt" to appear spontaneous and fun on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Navarro argued that Clinton's lack of authenticity "not a good contrast" with potential candidate Joe Biden, who really opened up about the recent heartbreaking loss of his son on The Late Show last week. "I think the problem is she comes across as so cold." said Navarro, adding that her campaign does not seem to "understand that authenticity and spontaneity can't be planned."
Jones agreed, saying it was time for Clinton to be honest about her positions. "If she's a moderate, be a moderate," he said, urging her to " become who she truly is" and define herself against the likes of Bernie Sanders.