February 3, 2016

Clinton On Exorbitant Speaking Fees: “That’s What They Offered”

Secretary Clinton was asked at tonight’s CNN townhall if it was a mistake to take exorbitant speaking fees from various groups. When pressed by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper, “Did you have to be paid $600,000?” Clinton responded in part, “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered.”

Despite years of criticism on this topic and renewed interest in the topic from Senator Sanders’ remarks, Clinton still has no good answer on why she accepted millions of dollars from special interest groups and public universities.

Bill Clinton was asked a similar question in May 2015 about charging $500,000 per speech. His answer was also abysmally out of touch: “I got to pay our bills.”

In 2014, Clinton famously claimed she was “dead broke” upon leaving the White House—a claim widely refuted by independent fact checkers and political observers.

The reaction on Twitter to Clinton’s townhall answer was swift and brutal: