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Clinton Under Fire at Debate for Wall St. Ties

Hillary Clinton was pressed by both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley during Saturday night’s Democratic debate.

Debate moderator John Dickerson asked Clinton about her ties to Wall Street and big banks and her previous comments about her willingness to regulate them.

Clinton suggested that she was willing to crack down on them and described her history of reigning in CEOs.

“Not good enough,” said Sanders.

“Here’s the story, let’s not be naïve about it,” he continued. “Why over her political career has Wall Street been the major contributor to Hillary Clinton? Maybe they’re dumb and don’t know what they’re going to get. But I don’t think so.”

The Hill reports:

Minutes before, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley dug at Clinton for defending economist Alan Krueger, a White House adviser who has said that raising the minimum wage too much could result in job losses for low-paid workers.

“We need to stop taking our advice from economists on Wall Street,” O’Malley said to applause.

Clinton defended her record, saying “it’s pretty clear” that Wall Street knows she’ll vigilantly regulate the industry.

“Two billionaire hedge fund managers started a super-PAC and are advertising [against me] in Iowa as we speak, so they clearly think I’ll do what I said I’d do,” Clinton said.

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