At long last excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and various other banks have finally been released to the public. The excerpts were made public by Wikileaks, who just today leaked thousands of emails from Clinton loyalist and campaign chairman John Podesta.
The speeches had become a campaign issue during the Democratic primary when Hillary’s challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, used the speeches as evidence of the former Secretary of State’s cozy relationship with Wall Street.
The excerpts were revealed in an email dated January 25, 2016, with the subject line, “HRC Paid Speeches.” The email came from Tony Carrk, research director of the Clinton campaign, and was addressed to Chairman Podesta.
In the email, which was first reported on by Buzzfeed, Carrk wrote to Podesta:
Attached are the flags from HRC’s paid speeches we have from HWA. I put some highlights below. There is a lot of policy positions that we should give an extra scrub with Policy.
In terms of what was opened to the press and what was not, the Washington Examiner got a hold of one of the private speech contracts (her speeches to universities were typically open press), so this is worth a read[.]
The “flags” to which Carrk refers were damaging statements Clinton made during the speeches.
In one such flag entitled *CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH*, Clinton admits that she is no longer in touch with middle class Americans:
“My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.”
In another flag entitled *CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY* admits she has two positions on every issue, one for public consumption, and another in private:
But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.
Another flag called *CLINTON TALKS ABOUT HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE ONLY FOR POLITICAL REASONS* would seemingly confirm everything Bernie Sanders had said about Clinton during the primary campaign, that her opposition to Wall Street was more about politics than principle:
That was one of the reasons that I started traveling in February of ‘09, so people could, you know, literally yell at me for the United States and our banking system causing this everywhere. Now, that’s an oversimplification we know, but it was the conventional wisdom. And I think that there’s a lot that could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened with greater transparency, with greater openness on all sides, you know, what happened, how did it happen, how do we prevent it from happening? You guys help us figure it out and let’s make sure that we do it right this time. And I think that everybody was desperately trying to fend off the worst effects institutionally, governmentally, and there just wasn’t that opportunity to try to sort this out, and that came later.”
In a flag entitled *CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE*, Clinton declared in a speech to a Brazilian bank that she dreams of a hemisphere-wide common market with open borders:
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”
Additional flags included *CLINTON ADMITS NEEDING WALL STREET FUNDING*, *CLINTON SUGGESTS WALL STREET INSIDERS ARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO FIX WALL STREET*, *CLINTON TOUTS HER RELATIONSHIP TO WALL STREET AS A SENATOR*, *CLINTON SUGGESTS SHE IS A MODERATE*, *CLINTON IS AWARE OF SECURITY CONCERNS AROUND BLACKBERRIES*.
Check out the full excerpts here.