The New York Times published an editorial Thursday arguing that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton must release transcripts of her paid speeches.
“’Everybody does it’ is an excuse expected from a mischievous child, not a presidential candidate,” the editorial said. “But that is Hillary Clinton’s latest defense for making closed-door, richly-paid speeches to big banks, which many middle-class Americans still blame for their economic pain, and then refusing to release the transcripts.
“Voters have every right to know what Mrs. Clinton told these groups. Transcripts of speeches that have been leaked seem pretty innocuous. By refusing to release them all, especially the bank speeches, Mrs. Clinton fuels speculation about why she’s stonewalling.”
The New York Times also dismissed Clinton’s explanation that she is awaiting similar moves from other White House hopefuls from both political parties.
“Her conditioning her releases on what the Republicans what might do is mystifying,” the editorial said. “Republicans make no bones about their commitment to Wall Street deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Mrs. Clinton is laboring to convince struggling Americans that she will rein in big banks, despite taking their money.