On Morning Joe Wednesday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) whether Hillary Clinton should release the transcripts of her paid Wall Street speeches. De Blasio did not answer, but stressed the importance of her platform instead.
Brzezinski prefaced the question by acknowledging how voters are fed up with the establishment and inaction in Congress on both sides of the aisle.
She then asked, “should your candidate release the transcripts of the speeches that she made to Wall Street, to big banks, and received a very big check in return?”
De Blasio started with, “my blunt answer to you is…” Then continued to speak about the importance of her platform and what she has done in the past, and that's what voters should be concerned about.
“I think it is much more important that she challenged Wall Street when the financial crisis and the economic crisis was beginning and I think it's much more important that she's saying right now she's going to put additional restrictions on Wall Street that we still don't have,” he said.
“Doesn't this cut into the trust issues if we can't see what was said behind closed doors?” Brzezinski asked.
”No,” de Blasio started to respond.
Brzezinski continued, “Isn't it raising that question and saying, ‘She's got something to hide. She says one thing behind closed doors and something else to the public when she's running for office.’ Shouldn't she release the transcripts?”
A Super Tuesday Democratic primaries poll asked voters what quality mattered most. For the honest and trustworthy category, Hillary Clinton scored 28 percent.
”My blunt view is I care what she says on her platform,” de Blasio said, “I really don't care about–”
“So, no?” Brzezinski interrupted.
De Blasio continued to stress the importance of her stance while running for office. He said, “she has the sharpest platform for addressing the Wall Street crisis.”
Brzezinski ended the segment with the response, “So, no.”