At Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate hosted by MSNBC Hillary Clinton explained the $625,000 in speaking fees she took from Wall Street. Clinton said she went to Wall Street before the 2008-2009 economic crisis to warn they are going to "wreck the economy because of these shenanigans with mortgages."
Clinton said she can be trusted to fight against "the Wall Street people" because "they are trying to beat me in this primary."
CLINTON: I think I may not have done the job I should in explaining my record. I did when I left the Secretary of State's office like so many former officials, military leaders, journalist, others, I did go on the speaking circuit. I spoke to heart doctors. I spoke to the American Camping Association. I spoke to auto dealers and firms on Wall Street. They wanted me to talk about the world, about my experience as Secretary of State.
What I want people to know is, I went to Wall Street before the crash. I was the one saying you're going to wreck the economy because of these shenanigans with mortgages. I called to end the carried-interest loophole that hedge fund managers enjoy. I proposed changes in CEO compensation. I called for Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CPFB) before it was created. I think the best evidence that the Wall Street people, at least know, where I stand and where I have always stood is because they are trying to beat me in this primary.