Goldman Sachs CEO Discusses His Admiration for Hillary Clinton

October 23, 2016

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein explained his admiration for Hillary Clinton in an interview airing Sunday with CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

Zakaria asked Blankfein about the relationship between himself and Goldman Sachs with the Clintons. Clinton's coziness with Wall Street and highly paid speeches to the financial industry were a sore spot for her during her primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

Zakaria mentioned Blankfein has hosted fundraisers for the Clintons. Blankfein explained his relationship with them as being out of necessity as Goldman Sachs is one of the largest financial firms and is New York-based, where Clinton was once a U.S. Senator.

"But you personally support and admire Hillary Clinton?" Zakaria asked.

"Well, I've—I'm supportive of Hillary Clinton and I certainly, yes, I do, yes. So, flat out, yes, I do," Blankfein said. "That doesn't say that I agree with all her policies. I don't, and that doesn't say that I adopt everything that she's done in her political career or has suggested that she might do going forward."

Blankfein went to praise Clinton for being willing to engage with other members of Congress in a bipartisan way when she was a senator, calling her pragmatic.