Facing unrelenting pressure to release transcripts of speeches she made to Goldman Sachs in 2013 — for which she was paid $675,000 — Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton says that she will act when her opponent, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, does the same.
“In 2007, Bernie Sanders was invited to speak at a second-hand bicycle sale and gear swap organized by the Burlington Cycling Association,” Clinton said on Monday at a fundraiser event organized by socialite Franklin J. Dubbles. “Nearly 10 years later, we still don’t know what he said on that day.”
“Did he make promises at this secretive little gathering to push for more pro-cycling legislation?” she said. “Bike lanes on every interstate? Free helmets for children from low-income families? We simply don’t know.”
The Democratic frontrunner and former secretary of state says that Americans also have the right to know how Sanders was dressed while delivering his speech to the cycling club nine years ago.
“Senator Sanders, I implore you to tell voters what were you wearing on that day,” she said. “Your everyday, ill-fitting two-piece suit that you pulled from a bargain bin at T.J. Maxx, or did you put on some nut-hugging lycra shorts to prove you were ‘one of them’?”
A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign has admitted that the two-term senator received up to three free cups of coffee and chauffeur service in a bike taxi for his appearance, but that transcripts will never be released because the speech was less than a minute long and consisted mostly of grunts and uncontrolled gesticulations.