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Bill de Blasio: Hillary's Paid Wall Street Speeches Don't Matter

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 11:10 AM

Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches won't matter in the long run, as they happened years ago and will have no bearing on how she'll react to those interests as president, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

"The platform matters, not a speech given years ago," de Blasio, who has endorsed the former secretary of state, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, pointing out that Clinton's platform calls for "higher taxes on the wealthy" and a push for "higher wages and higher benefits."

"This is the most aggressive platform and we should focus on that," the mayor said.

Further, he thinks Clinton will be able to take on special interests, banks, and more, based on her past history.

"Look at the healthcare reform fight of '93 and '94," said de Blasio. "The kitchen sink was thrown at her by the health industry. She stood strong throughout. I have a lot of respect for Bernie [Sanders].

"Has Bernie had that kind of experience? Stand in the glare of the lights to achieve a policy change, take that incoming and keep going? She played a major role in the executive branch. Let's face it, during the Clinton administration she stood in the fire and stayed consistent on her values."

Meanwhile, there has been a great deal of talk about whether Sanders should leave the Democratic race if he loses Tuesday's New York primary elections by a significant amount, but de Blasio said he does not tell candidates what to do.

"I think Bernie feels he is sparking a different kind of discussion in this country, and I think it's been a valuable discussion," said de Blasio. "If Hillary Clinton wins strongly tonight, I believe she will, she's going to be the nominee. There's no question.

"And I think what Bernie and his movement should be focused on is the issues, and mobilizing people, not just for the primaries, but the general election and beyond."

But de Blasio said many of Sanders' supporters have told him they will come to back Clinton in November, and he thinks the assumption that the two sides can't unite has been "overblow."

"I would argue '08 was a tougher primary," the mayor said. "The tone and the anger between the two camps and the way it was greater than now. You saw actually substantial democratic unity in the end. I think you're going see it again."

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Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches won't matter in the long run, as they happened years ago and will have no bearing on how she'll react to those interests as president, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
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