Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintained that “there is no unknown” regarding her speeches to Wall Street during CNN’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall on Tuesday.
Hillary, when asked about the transcripts of her Wall Street speeches said, “[T]here is no unknown. I am on record, I went to Wall Street before the Great Recession. I called them out. I said what they were doing in the mortgage market was going to cause serious problems. I called for reigning in CEO pay. I called for ending the loophole that lets hedge fund managers get a lower tax rate. I have been on record for a really long time. I’ve now put forth a plan, it’s in public arena. I want to people to hold me accountable. Because that’s what I’ll do. The other part of this, which I find somewhat concerning, actually, is the argument seems to be that if you ever took money from any business, of any kind, then you can’t fulfill your public responsibilities. Well, that’s just not the case. I mean, President Obama took an enormous amount of money, more than anybody ever had, from Wall Street in 2008, when he was successful in his election, and then he turned around, and pushed through the toughest regulations that we’ve seen since the Great Depression. So the argument just doesn’t hold up. But, again, you know, if everybody’s going to do the same thing, then I’ll be part of it.”
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