Stefano F. Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – According to RealClearPolitics, Bernie Sanders is 13 per cent ahead of fellow Democrat candidate Hilary Clinton in polls in the final days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Questioned at a town hall about her $200,000 plus pay for speaking at Wall Street institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Mrs Clinton failed to deliver a straight answer. “This is what they offered,” she said.
Mrs Clinton uncomfortably welcomed suggestions to provide transcripts of her Wall Street talks. “I will look into it. I do not know the status but I will certainly look into it,” she remarked.
The Wall Street saga broke out days before this week’s New Hampshire primary with Bernie Sanders maintaining a clearer position on his ties with Corporate America.
“If all we are going to talk about is one part of our economy, and indeed one street in our economy, then we are missing the big oil companies and the other energy companies… and we are missing the big picture,” Mrs Clinton argued.
Mr Sanders hit back at the former Secretary of State noting that it wasn’t “just one street. Wall Street is an entity of unbelievable economic and political power.”
Over and beyond New Hampshire, Mr Sanders continues to gain on Mrs Clinton in national polls. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last Friday, support for Mrs Clinton has reduced from 61 to 44 per cent since December whilst Mr Sanders has gained 12 per cent (from 30 to 42 per cent).