Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Trump, Biden tangle over Wall Street ties, fundraising The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE backed President Obama's broad approach on a range of economic issues while leaving room for some disagreement during an appearance in Canada on Wednesday. 

She called Obama's State of the Union proposals, focused on boosting the middle class, "an important start for a critical debate."


As she heads towards a presidential run, Obama's bold economic messaging could shape the debate as she campaigns in 2016. Clinton did not take a position or bring up the specifics of Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for measures aimed at the middle class. 

Clinton did focus on income inequality, an area of division that has led some liberals to urge Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver MORE (D-Mass.) to run. 

She cited an Oxfam report that the world's 80 richest people have the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion people, raising the question of "How can we share prosperity more broadly and fairly?"

"Here in Canada, for example, you've shown that the economic inequality that we see in the United States and in many countries is not inevitable," she said.

"You've invested in your middle class and it's made a real difference," she added.

Clinton credited the Obama administration's handling of the 2008 financial crisis for the economic uptick, but left room to have handled some things differently. 

"I think the president doesn't get the credit he and his team deserve for the way they navigated through this area," she said. "I would have had differences everybody would have had differences about what else could be done."

Her appearance came at an event in Winnipeg in the "Global Perspectives" series, sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

On foreign policy, she mostly backed the president but called for more action to support Ukraine against Russia.

She said the Ukranian army has "proven that they are worthy of some greater support than we have up to date provided."

She has backed Obama's continued negotiations with Iran in the past, and continued that support. She disagreed with calls in Congress, including among some Democrats, for more sanctions.

"I take the position I think the president articulated last night," she said on Iran. 

New sanctions would give China and Russia an excuse to drop out, she said.

"Why do we want to be the catalyst for the collapse of negotiations?" she said. 

On one area, she had no comment, keeping with her past decision not to discuss the Keystone pipeline, citing her involvement in the approval process as secretary of State.