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Clinton refuses to budge on releasing speech transcripts

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE is steadfastly refusing to release the transcripts of the paid speeches she gave to Wall Street banks.

At the Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday night, the presidential hopeful was booed by audience members for standing by her offer to release the transcripts only if all the candidates running for president did the same.

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“There are certain expectations when you run for president — this is a new one and I’ve said if everyone agrees to do it because there are speeches for money on the other side, I know that,“ Clinton said before getting drowned out by boos from the audience.

Instead, Clinton pivoted to her tax returns, claiming she’d released decades of documents while rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE had released none.

But CNN anchor Dana Bash wouldn’t let her off the hook, saying that the former secretary of State is running in the Democratic primary and Democratic voters are concerned with the transcripts of her speeches.

“Let’s set the same standard for everybody,” she replied.
 
Sanders, who has long said Clinton won’t properly regulate Wall Street because of the money she’s received from the big banks, pounced on the exchange.

“I am going to release all of the transcripts I gave to Wall Street behind closed doors,” he said. “Not for $225,000, not for $2,000, not for two cents, because there were no speeches.”