Republican operative Karl Rove is behind an attack ad aimed at turning Iowa caucus-goers against her, Democrat Hillary Clinton said Sunday on "Meet the Press."
Clinton was asked by moderator Chuck Todd whether big banks paying her more than $200,000 per speech hurt her credibility.
Clinton responded that she gave speeches to a "wide array of groups," after ending her stint at President Barack Obama's secretary of state.
"People were interested in what I saw, what I thought," she said. "Americans doing business in every aspect of the economy want to know more about the world."
"You don’t think they expect anything in return?" Todd asked.
"Absolutely not," Clinton insisted, pointing out that she took on Wall Street during her time as senator from New York.
"And it's really interesting to me that now Karl Rove is taking money from the financial interests
who run an ad against me to try and influence Democrats not to support me," she said. "Why? Ask yourself why? Because he knows, one, I know what needs to be done, and two, I know how to get it done to make sure Wall Street writ large, not just the big banks but the investment banks, hedge funds, and everybody else, can no longer wreck our economy the way they did in 2008."
The ad to which Clinton referred was made by Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads. It accuses Clinton of being able to pay for her massive TV ad buys with money from Wall Street interests.
A graphic in the ad shows Clinton receiving $6.4 million from Wall Street speaking fees and only $118,000 from Iowans contributing to her campaign.
"Hillary rewarded Wall Street with the $700 billion bailout," the ad's announcer says. "Does Iowa really want Wall Street in the White House?"
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