Hillary Clinton Invokes 9/11 for the 2nd Time in Defending Wall Street Ties Against Critics

Clinton argues she helped Wall Street rebuild after 9/11.

ByABC News
December 1, 2015, 1:38 PM

— -- For the second time, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invoked the terrorist attacks on September 11th as a way to defend herself against critics who say Clinton has become too cozy with Wall Street.

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on CBS "This Morning," Clinton argued that the critics who say she's too close to Wall Street hasn't hurt her image or her judgment in running for president.

"I have stood for a lot of regulation on big banks and on the financial services sector," Clinton said. "I also represented New York and represented everybody from the dairy farmers you know to the fishermen. Everybody. And so, yes, do I know people and did I, you know, help rebuild after 9/11? Yes, I did."

CBS's Charlie Rose also asked Clinton if she took money from Wall Street donors.

Clinton responded: "That has nothing to do with my positions. Anybody that thinks they can influence me on that ground doesn't know me very well."

Clinton first mentioned the 9/11 attacks on New York to defend herself against Wall Street ties during the second Democratic debate.

"I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is," Clinton said last month. "I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild."

The former New York senator said her effort helping Wall Street "rebuild" was "good for New York" and "good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."

Martin O'Malley's deputy campaign manager, Lis Smith, rebuked Clinton's comment during the Democrat debate and today again on Twitter.