During a Democratic town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper pressed Clinton on whether she regrets accepting that amount for three speeches at the Wall Street firm.
“Was that a mistake?” he asked. “Was that a bad error in judgment?”
The Democratic frontrunner essentially shrugged. “Look, I make speeches to lots of groups,” she said. “I told them what I thought. I answered questions.”
“But did you have to be paid $675,000?”
“Well I don’t know. That’s what they offered.”
The audience laughed. And the exchange continued:
Bernie Sanders has repeatedly used this issue to paint Clinton as too cozy with the same Wall Street executives that the next president should be regulating. But Clinton insisted that her position on financial regulation could not be bought.
“Anybody who knows me, who thinks they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on,” she said, before reiterating that banks should be broken up or shut down, if warranted. “They’re not giving me very much money now, I can tell you that much.”