The Democratic debate got quite nasty Thursday night when Sanders threw Clinton under the bus because of the donations she has received from Wall Street. The senator of Vermont has been one of the most outspoken critics of corporations and banks on Wall Street, accusing them of stealing from the American people.
Senator Sanders challenged Secretary Clinton and said he would release his “boring” tax returns if she releases her transcripts from her paid speeches and Wall Street donations during the Democratic debate in Brooklyn.
The secretary has been paid thousands of dollars to deliver speeches, including $675,000 after delivering three speeches to Goldman Sachs. Sanders’ campaign and his supporters have criticized her decisions to accept money from these, as Sanders would call them, “criminals.” She has also been criticized for accepting money for delivering speeches, which many think shouldn’t be a paid job.
When MSNBC’s Dana Bash asked the secretary why she wouldn’t release her transcripts and “put this whole issue to bed,” she spoke about her position as senator of New York, she explained that she “did stand up to the banks.” Then she criticized Sanders’ vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives.
“I’m the only one on this stage who didn’t vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives as Senator Sanders did,” Clinton said. She said that it led to the problems with Lehman Brothers, which was one of the causes of the Great Depression.
When asked again, Clinton said she will not release her transcripts unless everyone else does, aiming at the Republican candidates.
“There are certain expectations when you run for president. This is a new one. And I’ve said, if everybody agrees to do it — because there are speeches for money on the other side. I know that,” Clinton said.
Clinton also said that Sanders should release his tax returns and that she has already released hers.