Clinton Repeatedly Dodges Wall Street Transcript Question

April 15, 2016 Updated: April 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton faced hard questions at the CNN Democratic Debate in Brooklyn on April 14. about the transcripts of speeches she made to Goldman Sachs for a total compensation of $675,000.

Bernie Sanders, in previous debates, has requested that Clinton release the transcripts of the speeches, and she’s refused. 

If there is nothing in those speeches … why not just release the transcripts and put this whole issue to bed?
— Dana Bush, CNN Moderator

“If there is nothing in those speeches … why not just release the transcripts and put this whole issue to bed?” asked moderator Dana Bush to loud cheers. 

Clinton dodged the transcript question, talking instead about the economic collapse in 2008.

The question was repeated, and this time Clinton dodged again by talking about Sanders’s and Republicans’ tax returns. 

Let’s set the same standard for everyone.
— Hillary Clinton

Bush pressed Clinton on the transcripts for a third time:

“You’re running now for the Democratic nomination … many Democratic voters want to see those transcripts. It’s not about the Republican voters,” she said. 

Yet again, Clinton dodged the question, saying, “let’s set the same standard for everyone” which elicited boos from the audience. 

This exchange came in a heated debate between Clinton and Sanders in Brooklyn only days before the important New York primary on April 19.