Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) called on Hillary Clinton to release the transcripts from her private speeches to Wall Street banks again during Sunday night’s CNN debate.
“While we are on Wall Street, one of us has a super PAC,” Sanders said. “One of us has raised $15 million from Wall Street for that super PAC. One of us has given speeches on Wall Street for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now I kind of think that if you get paid a couple of hundred thousand dollars for a speech, it must be a great speech. I think we should release it and let the American people see what that transcript was.”
The New York Times Editorial Board had also called for Clinton to release the transcripts and implied that saying “everyone does it” is not an excuse that a person running for president should use.
In November 2015, Clinton also claimed that her paid private speeches to Wall Street were a patriotic duty and were to help them rebuild after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
When Clinton was asked at a previous Democratic presidential town hall why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for speeches, she shrugged and said that that was what the bank was offering.
The Sanders campaign launched a transcript clock on how long Clinton has been looking into releasing her transcripts. At the time of this post, the count was at 30 days.