Friday, February 19, 2016

She'll *never* release those transcripts

Bernie strikes back!  WashPost: "On the eve of Nevada caucuses, Sanders takes a jab at Clinton on paid speeches."
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Friday pledged to release all the transcripts of speeches he has given to Wall Street firms — there are none — in a not-so-subtle poke at his rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, said during a forum broadcast Thursday night by MSNBC and Telemundo that she would release transcripts of her paid, closed-door speeches to Wall Street firms “when everyone else does.”
What does "everyone" mean?  Does Hillary mean her primary opponent Bernie Sanders or is she also asking to see transcripts from Republican opponents?

OK, OK!  Geez....

Extra - Reuters: "Pressure grows on Hillary Clinton to release Goldman Sachs speeches."  Forget it.


Anonymous said...

Is Mitt Romney still "taking a look at" releasing his tax returns?

Is Barack Obama's college transcript ever turning up?

When do we see the secret records from Dick Cheney's energy task force, or the internal legal memo on drone killings drafted under Eric Holder, or Karl Rove & Co.'s deleted 22 million off-the-grid emails?

Eric said...

The distinction, I think, is that you have a Presidential candidate who identifies as a "progressive" who will get tough on Wall Street. Can we see what she said when cashing six-figure checks? It's relevant.

Anonymous said...

It's a weaker distinction, and a much less important issue, than the last three examples above. Those were about implementation of policy, not campaign posturing.

It's the same general territory as Mitt Romney, though tax returns are more ordinary fodder than speech transcripts. In 2012, though, conservatives weren't angry with the candidate's secrecy, but with Harry Reid. They were satisfied with Romney's failure to expose Reid's lies, lies, lies by the simple act of doing what every other presidential candidate had done for decades. Hillary, however, is hiding something.

Now, none of this speaks well to Hillary Clinton's conflict of interests. But recent history suggests that she will pay a small, small price for her lack of candor. Especially since her opponent won't even be offering lip service to getting tough on Wall Street.