Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked Wednesday night why she accepted six-figure speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.
“One of the things Senator sanders points to, and a lot of your critics point to, is you made three speeches for Goldman Sachs. You were paid $675,000 for three speeches. Was that a mistake?” asked Anderson Cooper, who hosted the CNN town hall.
“Look, I make speeches for lots of groups,” Clinton replied. “I told them what I thought. I answered questions.”
Cooper pressed her.
“But did you have to be paid $675,000?” he asked.
Clinton offered a seven-word response: “I don’t know. That’s what they offered.”
The former secretary of state contended that she “didn’t know” that she would later run for president and argued that those who had held the position before also raked in hefty speaking fees after exiting the office.
“You didn’t think you were going to run for president?” Cooper asked.
“I didn’t,” Clinton said.
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