Hillary Clinton, facing an increasingly stiff liberal challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is again dismissing the idea that she remains too close to Wall Street for many Democratic base voters, telling “Girls” writer Lena Dunham that she'd put her progressive "record up against anybody running for president."
"When it comes to Wall Street abuses, I spoke out about those even when I was a senator from New York, and obviously Wall Street is in New York," Clinton tells Dunham in a clip for Dunham's new site, LennyLetter.com, echoing her trail pitch. "I really tried to sound the alarm when I was in the Senate. And when I was in the campaign in 2008 I was also really in the forefront of saying, `We've got big problems here.'"
Clinton again adds that Dodd-Frank legislation is "a good down payment" on broad financial services reform but said that it must go further. "It's not enough. ... As president, what has not been implemented I will absolutely implement. And then I will look for any other abuses that need to be stopped and curbed."
Progressive activists and anti-Wall Street voters have frequently expressed unhappiness with Clinton's -- and her family's -- financial and political ties with Wall Street. Her most vocal critics on the left have instead pledged their support to Sanders as he seeks the Democratic nomination -- and the Vermont senator has benefited greatly from progressive anxiety over Clinton. The former secretary of state indirectly conceded that Sanders has more effectively communicated a reform platform.
"I like to have plans for what I do. I may not always be the stem-winder about these things because I think it's important -- and I’ve been around Washington long enough to know -- you've got to get people to agree if you're going to get something done," said Clinton. "Trying to get bipartisan agreement is difficult but often it's essential."
The interview will be released in full Tuesday via LennyLetter.com. Clinton’s appearance alongside Dunham – who has frequently stated her support for Clinton's presidential bid – comes as the Democratic front-runner looks to shore up her support with both young voters and women voters, particularly white women, where she has seen her sharpest poll drops in recent months.
"I've been progressive my entire life, and I would put my record up against anybody running for president or thinking about doing that,” Clinton said.