Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she did not regret getting $675,000 to give three speeches to Goldman Sachs, adding flippantly, “That’s what they offered.”
After Clinton gave a lengthy answer at a New Hampshire town hall that again sought to mitigate concerns she was beholden to Wall Street interests, CNN moderator Anderson Cooper brought up the enormous speaking fees.
“Was that a mistake? Was that a bad error in judgment?” Cooper asked.
“Look, I made speeches to lots of groups,” Clinton said. “I told them what I thought. I answered questions.”
“But did you have to be paid $675,000?” Cooper asked.
“Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered,” Clinton said, drawing laughter from the audience. “Every secretary of state that I know has done that.”
Cooper pointed out other secretaries of state weren’t running for president, but Clinton claimed not to be initially sure if she would run for president once she left office in 2013.
“Anybody who knows me who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on,” Clinton said. “Just name one thing. I’m out here every day saying I’m going to shut them down, I’m going after them, I’m going to jail them if they should be jailed … They’re not giving me very much money now, I can tell you that much.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported last week on 31 past and future financial industry fundraising events for Hillary Clinton.
“So, just to be clear, that’s not something you regret, those three speeches?” Cooper asked.
“No,” she said. “I don’t, because I don’t feel that I pay any price for it, and I am very clear about what I will do, and they’re on notice.”