Clinton Adviser Struggles to Answer Questions About Specifics of Her Economic Policy

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MSNBC host Thomas Roberts skewered a senior Hillary Clinton economic adviser for the lack of specifics in her policy speech on Monday.

"Seems as if Hillary Clinton will give overarching themes, but then as we look at the details, they are not there," Roberts said.

Gene Sperling, former director of the National Economic Council, astonishingly agreed with Roberts’ assertion. "That’s completely not there."

Roberts alleged Clinton has been running since 2008, so the campaign does not really have the excuse that it is too early to form substantial policy proposals. A Free Beacon analysis found this is the fourth Clinton presidential campaign, averaging one run every 5.75 years.

In another surprising answer, Sperling asserted that Clinton would not release her full economic agenda for the country for political reasons.

Sperling ducked questions on what the federal minimum wage should be, only offering the progressively easy and vague answer of "higher." He also opaquely said Clinton would be "tough when its called for" on Wall Street banks.

There was more of the same when Sperling was asked about Clinton’s position on Glass-Steagall provisions limiting bank activities, which her husband repealed as president.

"I think there’s absolutely things that she supports that are about ensuring that companies do not play poker with the taxpayer’s money," Sperling said, once again refusing to offer a straightforward answer.

Sperling asked Roberts for patience as his candidate planned to roll out her vision for the country incrementally. He promised Clinton will reveal more details in the coming weeks to rival Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s depth in discussing policy, but warned it would not be 15 policies at a time.

"How about one policy at once? We don’t need 15," Roberts said.

When Clinton was pressed in a CNN interview about her tax policy, she declined to offer her views and instead referred to her Monday speech as a more appropriate method of unveiling her ideas.

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Daniel Bassali is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from The George Washington University in 2014. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Press Assistant and Travel Aide on the Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate campaign in Oregon. Daniel is from Burke, Virginia, and lives in Washington D.C. His Twitter handle is @bassalid. You can reach him at bassali@freebeacon.com.

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