February 19, 2016
For Immediate Release:
In the Town Hall last night, Secretary Clinton said she would release the transcripts of her three paid speeches to Goldman Sachs if everybody else releases their paid speeches. Well, I’m everybody else in the Democratic nomination campaign.
As she mentioned, I have received money for speaking. As you might imagine, it was not the $675,000 the Secretary got. Instead, I earned a total of $2,000. My staff is pulling together transcripts and/or videos of the events in question.
You may find this surprising, but I spoke about the need to repeal Citizens United. I mentioned the importance of making college tuition at public universities free. I said we are the only major country not to provide health care as a right.
I said we are the only major country not to provide family leave. I talked about out our incarceration rate, highest in the world and disproportionately affecting African Americans and Latinos.
I may have even mentioned billionaires and major corporations need to start paying their fair share of taxes. Americans are beginning to learn what I believe. They know I say the same thing wherever I am, whomever I’m speaking to. These are the things we need to do to make America for all of the people, not just the billionaires.
We look forward to seeing transcripts or videos of the Secretary’s three speeches to Goldman Sachs. Based on her comments during debates, town hall events, and in interviews, these should show her telling them in no uncertain terms to cut it out.
The Secretary has told us she does not provide any special treatment to those who give her money. She has told us this is the going rate for an ex-Secretary of State. She has told us she warned the banks and other lenders about bad mortgages in 2007 and told them to stop.
Given her four years as Secretary and experience with the financial markets as Senator from New York, she was uniquely placed to give them a critique on how their conduct along with hedge funds and shadow banking, puts the world at risk, and keeps hard working Americans from earning a fair wage.
I look forward to being able to salute the Secretary for her strong words in the service of Americans who work 40 hours a week and are still in poverty.
This campaign will have my speech transcripts and/or videos out before the caucus in Nevada begins. Hopefully the Secretary is not planning to wait for all Republican candidates to release theirs. Americans know the GOP is tied up with Wall Street. It’s up to Democrats to provide a better alternative.
The voters of Nevada, South Carolina, and 46 other states yet to vote, should know that their candidates have the same beliefs in public and private, for pay and for free.