Bernie Sanders went after Hillary Clinton for taking money from Wall Street, and she hit back hard in tonight’s MSNBC debate.
At one point, a questioner asked the former secretary of state to release all of the transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs, for which she got paid significant sums of money.
“I will look into it,” Clinton said. “I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it.”
Sanders has been knocking Clinton for days for her ties to Wall Street firms, in tweets, on the campaign trail and in last night’s CNN town hall.
Most progressives that I know don't raise millions of dollars from Wall Street.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 3, 2016
But Clinton argued in tonight’s MSNBC debate that she’s proud of her record as secretary of state, and went on the speaker circuit afterward, like many former State officials. Then she called Sanders’ attempt to portray her as too cozy with Wall Street as an “artful smear,” which paints an inaccurate picture of her record.
“I think it’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks, and let’s talk about the issues that divide us,” she said.
Then Sanders doubled down, describing a litany of Wall Street abuses and arguing that the financial sector intentionally funnels money into politics in order to gain influence.
“There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system,” he said. “And in my view, it is undermining our political system.”