-- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her voting record Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," saying she has never been influenced to vote one way or another by a donor.
“I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding,” she said.
The defense came in the wake of criticism over Clinton’s alleged ties to Wall Street from her rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I'm happy to set this record straight and I really want to, once again, call out the Sanders campaign, which claims they like to run a positive campaign, but they have been quite artful in raising questions and trying to cast doubts about my record,” she said. “I really am not going to sit and take it anymore.”
This was not Clinton’s first call to the Sanders campaign to stop its “insinuation” attacks against her. During Thursday's debate, Clinton called them “an artful smear,” telling Sanders, "if you've got something to say, say it directly."
"I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you and enough is enough,” she said.
Sanders didn't respond to the comment.
In an interview on PBS in 2004, Warren accused Clinton of protecting banks while serving as a New York senator. Clinton dismissed the accusation as “one of these innuendo-insinuation charges" and said she and Warren had been “allies” in stopping a 2000 version of the bankruptcy bill Warren had referred to in the interview.
Clinton added that she had “the greatest respect” for Warren.