Clinton Surrogate Flip-Flops Days After Saying Hillary Will Release Speech Transcripts

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Just days after saying that Hillary Clinton will release the transcripts of speeches she gave to Wall Street, New York Sen. [crscore]Kirsten Gillibrand[/crscore] has flipped her position Monday and reiterated a common defense given by Clinton and the campaign.

The New York senator who has endorsed Clinton was asked Friday on CNN if Hillary will release transcripts of speeches she gave to financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs. “I think she will,” Gillibrand said.

She also told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “I think [Hillary] cares deeply about openness and transparency and I think she will release those speeches at the appropriate time.”

Though Monday the senator backed away from her previous remarks when talking to a radio host. “I was just trying to reiterate what she said at the debate, that she would particularly if all these Republicans who had done these same kind of speeches released their transcripts.”

When asked in a February debate about releasing her speech transcripts, Clinton said, “I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it.” Hillary has given multiple speeches to Wall Street firms, three of which were to Goldman Sachs which earned her $675,000.

Gillibrand continued to say in her Monday interview, “[Hillary] makes a really good point that there shouldn’t be two sets of standards, she’s released her taxes, some of opponents haven’t released their taxes yet. She says, ‘I’ll release the speeches as soon as everybody else does.’ I think that’s fair.”

Clinton has frequently spoke about two sets of standards when confronted about her speech transcripts.