'I Wasn't Committed to Running' for President Again, Clinton Tells Town Hall

By Susan Jones | February 4, 2016 | 6:47am EST
It came as no surprise when Hillary Clinton announced in April 2015 that she would run for president again. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Explaining why she has no regrets about accepting $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for delivering three speeches, Hillary Clinton said she didn't think she'd be running for president this time around.

"Well, to be honest, I wasn't -- I wasn't committed to running. I didn't -- I didn't know whether I would or not," she told a Democrat town hall in New Hampshire Wednesday night.

"You didn't think you were going to run for president again?" CNN host Anderson Cooper asked her.

"I didn't," Clinton responded. "You know, when I was Secretary of State, several times I said, I think I'm done. And you know, so many people came to me, started talking to me -- the circumstances, the concerns I had about the Republicans taking back the White House, because I think they wrecked what we achieved in the 90s--

"But you know, anybody who knows me, who thinks that they can influence me -- name anything they've influenced me on. Just name one thing."

Cooper followed up: "So just to be clear, that's not something you regret -- those three speeches, that money?"

"No. I don't," Clinton said. "Because -- I don't feel that I paid any price for it, and I am very clear about what I will do, and they're (Wall Street) on notice."

She added that investment bankers are not giving her very much money right now.  "Fine with me," she said.

The exchange began with Hillary making light of her $675,000 speaking fee:

"Look, I made speeches to lots of groups. I told them what I thought.  I answered questions," she told Cooper.

"But did you have to be paid $675,000?"Cooper asked her.  

"Well, I don't know. That's what they offered, so uh--" Here Clinton turned to the audience and widened her eyes, drawing laughter.

"You know, every secretary of state that I know has done that," she said.

But they weren't running for office at the time, Cooper pointed out. That's when Clinton said she didn't know if she'd be running again.


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