Clinton is taking some heat for this:
“That’s what they offered,” Clinton said in response to Cooper’s question about her decision to accept $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachsin the period between serving as secretary of state and her decision to formally enter the 2016 presidential race.
The line is, well, bad. More on that soon. But, the line when combined with her body language when she said it makes it politically awful for her.
Clinton is both seemingly caught by surprise and annoyed by the question all at once. Neither of those is a good reaction to what Cooper is asking. Both together make for a uniquely bad response.
I actually watched this live while sitting in the Atlanta airport last night. I thought her response was great. It was great because it was honest. How many among us would refuse $675k to give a speech? Be honest… not many, right? But honesty isn’t playing well in the Democratic primary these days. Between the anti-capitalists and just plain envious, there aren’t many defenders for Hillary on this.