In January, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got into a heated exchange with Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin during her testimony on Benghazi before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Johnson asked Clinton to ascertain whether the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a response to an anti-Islam YouTube video. A visibly-furious Clinton took exception to Johnson’s inquiry and shot back, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”
By Chuck Ross
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented increasing student debt at a speech she gave Monday for which she was paid $225,000 by a university that recently announced it would raise its tuition by 17 percent over four years.
“Millions of other young people are burdened by student debt that can feel like an anchor tied to their feet dragging them down,” Clinton told attendees at an event hosted by the UNLV Foundation.
The former first lady was paid handsomely for the 90 minute event: $225,000 according to a contract first obtained by The Daily Caller.
Though Clinton’s contract specified that the event was closed to the press and that her speech and a follow-up Q&A could not be recorded, America Rising, a conservative operative group, recorded part of Clinton’s remarks and published video to its website.
The hefty payout, which will go to the Clinton Foundation rather than Clinton herself, was a source of frustration for some UNLV students who protested the arrangement earlier this year.
They criticized spending money for the event despite a recent decision by the university’s board of regents to raise tuition four percent per year for four years.
“Higher education shouldn’t be a privilege for those able to afford,” Clinton told the crowd on Monday, according to Steve Sebelius, a political columnist at the Las Vegas Journal-Review. “It should be an opportunity widely available to everybody.”
According to reports from some in attendance at the $200 per plate event, Clinton’s remarks were guarded and stale — typical of most speeches she has given recently, as she reportedly prepares for a 2016 presidential bid.
“Anyone in this room could have given this speech,” tweeted Jon Ralston, a Nevada political journalist. “I am not kidding. I would have given it for a lot less.”
“Main speech over. Worth $225,000? I’m going to say, no,” tweeted Sebelius.
Main speech over. Worth $225,000? I’m going to say, no.
— Steve Sebelius (@SteveSebelius) October 14, 2014
Apparently, it’s Bill and Hillary’s 39th wedding anniversary. Did you get them a card?
That’s OK, because the Democratic National Committee went ahead and just slightly overdid it in their congratulatory tweet.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 11, 2014
“39 years of marriage never looked so good,” they wrote.
Really? It never did?
It looked pretty bad here:
Anyway … the good people at Twitchy have put together a compilation of the best responses to the over-the-top tweet from the Democrats.
— Eric Larson (@larsoneric50) October 11, 2014
— AintGotTimeForEbola (@DaveMBP) October 11, 2014
— big (@bigbirdman38) October 11, 2014
— Bernie Gilbert (@Bernie_Gilbert) October 11, 2014
— John Petruna (@jgpetruna) October 11, 2014
Yeah … with Hillary about to jump into the campaign for President, reminding Americans of their sham marriage might not have been the best move, Democrats.