Why isn't Hillary Clinton releasing the transcripts of her paid Goldman Sachs (Wall Street) speeches? If she wins the Democratic nomination, she risks facing these questions again in the general election campaign, especially if there is something damning in those speeches.

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    I think this is a great question, but I don't think it's answerable by anyone outside her immediate circle. Anything else would just be speculation.
    – Bobson
    Apr 17, 2016 at 22:53
  • This question might attract opinion-based answers, but if Hillary Clinton has released an explanation to the press, or even if some actual investigative reporting has come up with a good reason why she might not want them to be released, then this can be answered with facts, so I won't close this. Apr 28, 2016 at 19:04
  • Why? Because she doesn't want to feed the right wing hate machine.
    – spring
    Nov 19, 2021 at 0:09

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I doubt that she knows of anything in particular that is problematic. The issue is that it is likely that if she released the transcripts, she would have said something, sometime that Republicans could criticize.

Look at what happened in 2012 when a recording of Romney talking at a fundraiser was released. The 47% statement became a meme for the Obama campaign.

Or look at what happened with her emails. She sent an email that Republicans use to accuse her of suborning the misuse of confidential information.

Or her superpredator comments from 1994.

Talking is dangerous for a politician. She doesn't have to have been plotting a crime. She could have simply said something that sounds bad. For example, if she commiserates with her listeners about something, she could be accused of putting rich people problems ahead of poor people problems.

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    It is not just republicans attacking her emails... Apr 19, 2016 at 15:27
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    To be fair to the detractors, politicians do say and do outrageous things. The reactions from the public to the things listed are not necessarily unwarranted.
    – Era
    Apr 28, 2016 at 20:36

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