I must admit that Clinton can convincingly claim innocence due to ignorance better than most, but … If you wouldn’t have taken the $675,000 for the 3 speeches had you known you were running for president (which is a bald faced lie, BTW), you admit the obvious conflict-of-interest.
Three hundred million Americans knew Hillary was running for president. Do we really want to elect the only person in the country dumb enough to think that she wasn’t going to run?
Anderson Cooper presses presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and asks if it was a mistake. Clinton was paid $675,000 for three speeches to Goldman Sachs, averaging $225,000 a speech.
“You were paid $675,000 for three speeches. Was that a mistake? I mean was that a bad error in judgment?” Cooper asked.
“Look. I made speeches to lots of groups. I told them what I thought. I answered questions,” Clinton said Wednesday night at a Democratic forum moderated by CNN.
“But did you have to be paid $675,000?” Cooper pressed the Democratic presidential hopeful.
“Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered,” Clinton responded.
Attempting to explain away the Wall Street speeches, Clinton said she didn’t know whether she was running for president again.
“To be honest I wasn’t — I wasn’t committed to running,” Clinton said about the circumstances and timing of the speeches. “I didn’t know whether I would or not.”
“You didn’t think you were going to run for president again?” Cooper asked.
“I didn’t,” Clinton said. “You know when I was secretary of State several times I said you know I think I’m done. And you know, so many people came to me, started talking to me.”
Watch the exchange: