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ICYMI: Hillary Clinton speaks to Wall Street: Our view

- February 12, 2016

Excerpts from USA Today

By: Editorial Board

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"In her concession speech Tuesday night in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton vowed...'Wall Street can never be allowed to once again threaten Main Street, and I will fight to rein in Wall Street.'

"Strong words from a candidate who, not long before she jumped into the presidential race, was happy to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from banking firms...

"Curious minds want to know: What did she tell all those bankers for all that money?

"Asked at the Democratic debate on Feb. 4 whether she'd release transcripts of the speeches, Clinton dodged, saying, 'I will certainly look into it.' A few days later, she suggested she was being singled out. 'Let everybody who’s ever given a speech to any private group under any circumstances release them'...'We’ll all release them at the same time.'

"That misses the point. Everybody else isn't running for the nation's highest office on a platform of staying strict with the big banks. When you've been paid more than $2 million to speak to financial firms, voters are understandably skeptical...

"In the current political climate, release of the transcripts could be damaging to her campaign and provide fodder for Sanders...

"It's unseemly for a candidate who is railing against income inequality to take $225,000 for an hour or so of work when it takes a typical American household four years to earn that much...

"Clinton might have avoided this predicament by deciding not to feed at the Wall Street trough after leaving public office. Now the best she can do is come clean with the transcripts and let the voters judge..."

Read the full editorial here.

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