Hillary Clinton struggled through an 'awkward' answer about her six-figure Goldman Sachs speaking fees

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Hillary Clinton struggled Wednesday night through an answer about the large paychecks she received from investment bank Goldman Sachs for several speeches, yet argued it would not corrupt her judgment when it comes to regulating the finance industry.

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During a CNN town-hall event Wednesday, moderator Anderson Cooper asked if Clinton used poor judgment by accepting $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for three speeches. The Democratic presidential front-runner said she was simply following the footsteps of past secretaries of state.

Watch Clinton answer below:

"I don't know. That's what they offered," she said. "Every secretary of state that I know has done that."

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DERRY, NH - FEBRUARY 03: Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton stands on stage with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party hosted Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House on February 3, 2016 in Derry, New Hampshire. Democratic and Republican Presidential are stumping for votes throughout New Hampshire leading up to the Presidential Primary on February 9th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
DERRY, NH - FEBRUARY 03: Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton stands on stage with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party hosted Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House on February 3, 2016 in Derry, New Hampshire. Democratic and Republican Presidential are stumping for votes throughout New Hampshire leading up to the Presidential Primary on February 9th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
DERRY, NH - FEBRUARY 03: Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton speaks during a CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party hosted Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House on February 3, 2016 in Derry, New Hampshire. Democratic and Republican Presidential are stumping for votes throughout New Hampshire leading up to the Presidential Primary on February 9th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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When Cooper asked how she thought the speeches would appear during a presidential campaign, Clinton suggested she hadn't thought about such implications because she wasn't sure if she would run for president.

"When I was secretary of state, several times I said, 'You know, I think I'm done.' And so many people came to me, started talking to me," Clinton said. "The circumstances, the concerns I had about the Republicans taking back the White House, because I think they wrecked what we achieved in the 90s with 23 million new jobs, I did not want to see that happen again."

She continued:

"But, you know, anybody who knows me who thinks they can influence me: Name anything they've influenced me on. Just name one thing. I'm out here every day saying I'm going to shut them down. I'm going after them."

She later added: "They're not giving me that much money now."

But Clinton's critics have attempted to use the speaking fees to highlight the former secretary of state's cozy relationship with Wall Street.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has frequently highlighted her Goldman speaking fees.

His campaign quickly noted the moment Wednesday night. It sent out a release to reporters detailing Clinton's connections to the investment bank, along with news clips describing the role that Goldman Sachs played in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Clinton's answer prompted several others, like former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, to question why she still does not appear to have a concrete answer for a question that has come up repeatedly on the campaign trail:

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