Clinton Campaign: “Our Supporters Aren’t the Grubbers”

By Saira Anees

May 5, 2008 10:34am

On a conference call this morning, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s communications team was asked about a comment the candidate many in the media thought she made yesterday in Indiana: "Why don’t we hold these Wall Street money-grubbers responsible for their role in this recession?"

(In actuality, Clinton had said "money brokers," not "momey grubbers." But at the time everyone including the Clinton campaign thought she’d said "grubbers.")

So the question — given the support for Clinton’s campaign on Wall Street from investment bankers and hedge fund managers and employees (including Chelsea Clinton), how does one distinguish between the good folks on Wall Street and the "money-grubbers"?

Joked Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson: "Our supporters aren’t the grubbers!"

Then Clinton campaign strategist Geoff Garin jumped in and said that Clinton’s "abiding principle is that in America we need to have shared prosperity… The truth is there are a lot of people on Wall Street who take a much more selfish view of things."

The campaign is happy to have the support of folks on Wall Street, Garin said, "they probably share her value of shared prosperity."

- jpt

This post has been corrected with the proper quote.

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