On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), who is supporting Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, argued that it’s “in everyone’s best interest” for Clinton to release the transcripts of her Wall Street speeches.
Coons said, in response to a question on Clinton’s leaked comments about having a public and private position and Clinton invoking Abraham Lincoln at the debate in response to this, “The reason that she cited ‘Lincoln,’ a famous movie, was that in that movie, we see an example of one of our most admired presidents using different arguments with different members of Congress to achieve a positive goal. I think it is the case that folks in leadership, whether it’s in business or in civil society, or in politics, make slightly different arguments, nuanced arguments to different audiences, when they’re pursuing a laudable public goal, but it’s important to stick to the same principle, even when making different arguments.”
He was then asked, “So, let’s say the context of those comments would clarify things from her perspective. Why doesn’t she simply release the full transcripts from those Wall Street speeches?”
Coons answered, “That’s a fair question. I don’t know where these transcripts have been coming from. As I think was mentioned last night in the debate in St. Louis, there’s a real question about the origin of everything that’s being leaked at the moment. The leaders of our intelligence community have suggested that the Russians, who have hacked into a variety of different systems, are selectively leaking them to influence our own elections.”
He added, “Well, it would seem to me that it’s in everyone’s best interest for us to reach across the aisle, to engage those who feel they’re on the outside, to build some confidence in, I think, the strongest candidate for president, Secretary Clinton, and to release things that are now only known in portion.”
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