Sanders calls Clinton 'naive' on Wall Street

Sanders calls Clinton 'naive' on Wall Street

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (I-Vt.) knocked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE as "naive" on Wall Street during the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

"Going to Wall Street and saying 'please stop' is very naive," Sanders told Clinton during a heated exchange about their regulatory policies, in particular the Glass-Steagall Act.


The former secretary of State has sought to differentiate herself from two of her closest Democratic challengers: Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who have called for reviving Glass-Steagall. The Great Depression-era law, which President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks MORE repealed in 1999, required financial institutions to separate their commercial and investment banking operations.

Clinton, in contrast, argued that Glass-Steagall is the wrong policy prescription and wouldn't have prevented the 2008 economic collapse.

"If only you look at the big banks, you may be missing the forest for the trees. We've got to look at all the other financial institutions," Clinton said during the debate.

Instead of Glass-Steagall, Clinton would raise the fees for financial institutions that engage in high-risk transactions and banking.

The Democratic contenders each tried to make the case that they would be the toughest on Wall Street.

"You are not for Glass-Steagall. You are not for putting a firewall between speculative, risky shadow banking behavior. I am," O'Malley told Clinton during the debate.