NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says it was “revealing” when rival Bernie Sanders couldn’t give one instance of her being influenced by big money donors during last week’s debate in Brooklyn.
In a live Monday interview on WCBS 880, Clinton said Sanders has “been making these insinuations about me for quite some time now and when asked to give one instance, he couldn’t because there aren’t any.”
“It’s regrettable,” she said. “There is so much to talk about in this campaign.”
Clinton said she raises money for her campaign as well as other Democrats.
“Do I get money from a broad cross-section of people? Yes I do,” she said. “Do I raise money to help elect more Democrats? Yes I do.”
During Thursday’s debate, Sanders questioned Clinton’s credibility on super PACs and Wall Street. He also dismissed Clinton’s claims that she told Wall Street firms to reform before the 2008 financial crisis.
“They must have been very, very upset by what you did,” he said sarcastically.
Speaking on WCBS 880 Monday, Clinton said anyone giving her donations in her campaign “can look at my record and look at what I’m saying in this campaign and know exactly what I’m going to do as president.”
During the debate, Clinton and Sanders also sparred over the question of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, but Clinton said they both want to see the minimum wage go up.
“This has been kind of another one of these arguments that he has tried to pick, and it’s really missing the point,” she told WCBS 880. “Both us want to raise the minimum wage, we both want to get it to where it’s going to give people who work at the minimum wage, predominately — two-thirds actually, women — a chance to get out of poverty when they work full time.”
Sanders had claimed that Clinton suggested a hike to $12 per hour instead of $15, but Clinton said Monday she has supported a similar model as the one recently passed in New York.
The new state law will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County and would raise it to $12.50 in the rest of the state with further increases tied to inflation and other economic indicators.
“That has been my position,” she said. “We would raise it to $15 as a national minimum in places that could afford that, but we would go to $12 in places that couldn’t, which is the Democratic consensus in the Senate.”
Clinton also touched on a bill that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks, saying she supports the legislation.
“I think it’s important to try to find out what actually did happen and if there are people or institutions or governments who should be held accountable, that should be part of the bringing to justice anyone or any state that had any role in the horrors of 9/11,” she said.
The Obama administration opposes the bill, but families of 9/11 victims want him to back the legislation. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Clinton and Sanders are both making a final push before Tuesday’s primary in New York. She will be in midtown Monday while Sanders will be making stops in Long Island City, Queens.