When asked Thursday about how campaign contributions from the financial services industry might influence her efforts to reign in Wall Street, Hillary Clinton continued a recent attack on her main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“If you have a chance to talk to Sen. (Bernie) Sanders, you can ask him: Why did he vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives?” Clinton told the Press-Citizen editorial board. “He voted not once, he voted twice. I’m not the one who did that. He did.”
It was the first time during an hourlong interview Thursday with the editorial board that Clinton referred to the Vermont senator by name.
And the comment capped off a day filled with the former first lady and secretary of state drawing more pointed distinctions between herself and Sanders less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.
Clinton had made a similar comment during the Jan. 17 Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., referring to Sanders’ votes as a member of the House of Representatives on two versions of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. The legislation led to unregulated trading of certain types of financial instruments, including over-the-counter derivatives and credit default swaps.
In neither the debate nor the interview did Clinton note that her husband, Bill Clinton, signed the legislation into law.
Clinton, instead, said Thursday that she found it “perversely flattering” that her Democratic and Republican opponents alike were attacking her ties to Wall Street when economists like New York Times columnist Paul Krugman say she makes the better case for reining in the shadow banks.
“They’re scared of me because they know I mean what I say, and they know I get things done,” she said. “So their agenda is not my agenda. They know it, and they want to try to derail me, before I can rein them in.”