Former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz chatted with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening, covering a wide range of topics from President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall to health care to sanctuary cities.
They even touched on the recent hot-button issue of high-profile politicians taking money for speaking engagements. Burnett noted, “Hillary Clinton, as you know, spoke today. She, as we are all aware, was slammed during the campaign for taking millions of dollars from Wall Street for paid speeches. […] Now President Obama, though, is being criticized by some of your fellow democrats for his decision to take $400,000 for a single speech to Wall Street.”
Burnett would then play two clips, one of Senator Bernie Sanders and the other of Senator Elizabeth Warren, expressing their concern over the former president’s decision to engage in highly lucrative paid speaking contacts. The CNN host then plainly asked: “Are they right?”
Wasserman Schultz would try to demur, seemingly going on a bit of a digression, saying, “I mean, of all people to question whether or not they are — question their commitment to getting money out of politics, to make sure we restore integrity to the political finance process…”
From there Burnett would cut her off, asking “but it’s specifically about the banks, right?”
The former DNC chair would reply:
“Look. It is none of anyone’s business what someone who is a member of the private sector decides to accept in terms of compensation. With all due respect to anyone who chooses to comment publicly on what Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or anyone earns as a member of the private sector, it’s just N-Y-O-B [sic] — it’s none of your business.”
When further pressed on the issue, Wasserman Schultz doubled down on her previous sentiment, saying, “as far as the compensation that a private citizen takes for a speech that they give, that’s not my concern nor any of our business.”
She would go on to call both Obama and Clinton’s public records “pristine,” saying that “they both fought back against the big banks and their practices and I have every confidence in the service that they both provided.”
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