CBS 2015 Democratic primary debate: on Government Reform


Hillary Clinton: Wall Street donates to me because I rebuilt them after 9/11

SANDERS: I have never heard a candidate never, who has received huge amounts of money from Wall Street, say, "oh, these campaign contributions will not influence me." Why do they make campaign contributions? They expect to get something!

CLINTON: I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for the economy and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.

Q [after break]: A viewer tweeted, "I've never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now." Yes, you were a champion of the community after 9/11, but what does that have to do with taking donations?

CLINTON: I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild. So, I've had a lot of folks give me donations who say, "I don't agree with you on everything, but I like what you do. I like how you stand up."

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa Nov 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton: GOP is trying to suppress voter registration

Sen. SANDERS: We are going to do a political revolution, which brings working people, young people, senior citizens, minorities together.

CLINTON: Look, we need more Americans to be involved in the political process. And I give Senator Sanders a lot of credit for really lighting a fire under many people--young, old, everybody--who sees a chance to be involved and have their voice heard. Look at what's happening with the Republicans. They are doing everything they can to prevent the voices of Americans to be heard. They're trying to prevent people from registering to vote. So, we do need to take on the Republicans very clearly and directly. But the other thing I just wanted quickly to say is, I think President Obama deserves more credit than he gets for what he got done in Washington, despite the Republican obstructionists.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa Nov 14, 2015

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2016 Presidential contenders on Government Reform:
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Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)