After Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton's independence from the influence of her corporate donors, she offered a defense during Saturday night's debate — and included her work as a New York senator after September 11th.
"Why, over her political career has Wall Street been a major — the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton?" Sanders asked onstage after calling her financial policy package not good enough. "You know, maybe they're dumb and they don't know what they're going to get, but I don't think so."
Clinton, offered the chance to respond, first cited the number of small donors to her presidential campaign, and then that the majority of them are women.
Then, she turned to 9/11.
"So, I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked," she said. "Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is."
"I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild," she continued. "That was good for New York. It was good for the economy and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."
Katherine Miller is the politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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