Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken We have a plan that prioritizes Afghanistan's women — we're just not using it Scott Brown's wife files to run for Congress MORE (D-N.H.) on Friday said Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE’s paid speeches to Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are "in the past" and not worth delving into.
“The fact is that’s in the past,” she said on MSNBC when asked about Clinton’s past speeches to the banking firm.
“They’re done, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you support that or not,” Shaheen said.
“[It is] just as Bernie’s socialism — he claims — is in the past,” she added of Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders.
“The question is what do voters want to see now from the candidates and who can deliver. That’s what I believe the difference is between the candidates on both the Democratic and Republican sides.”
Shaheen also disputed that Clinton’s long-standing ties to the Democratic establishment will cost her voters next November.
“Listen, voters are angry, and I don’t blame them,” said Shaheen, who publicly endorsed Clinton’s Oval Office bid last year.
“They have been watching a Washington that has been divisive and hasn’t worked together,” she added.
“I believe we need a candidate who is not going to further divide this country but is going to unite it. That’s one of the reasons I am supporting Hillary.”
Clinton and Sanders are battling for last-minute momentum in the early-voting state of Iowa. The Hawkeye State holds its critical first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1.