GOLDMAN SACHS CEO: 'Flat out, yes, I do' support Hillary Clinton

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is with her.

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday, Blankfein said he is backing Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House, despite not agreeing with all of her policies or everything she's done in her political career.

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"I certainly, yes, I do — yes, so flat out, yes, I do," Blankfein said when asked whether he personally supports and admires Clinton.

He continued:

"In terms of her intelligence — I think her positioning, not only in terms of her ideology, but what I regard as a pragmatism that I saw demonstrated when she was our senator and in earlier stages of her political career when she could cross the aisle and engage other people to get things done, I admire that. It stands out a little today — that kind of willingness to engage and compromise, but let's just stop at engage — that willingness to engage is a scarcer commodity these days."

Blankfein, who held a fundraiser for Clinton in her bid for president in 2008, had previously said he wouldn't endorse a candidate.

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Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Inc. 

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Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

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Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, Inc. 

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Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway 

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Rebecca Minkoff, Co-founder of Rebecca Minkoff

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Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

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David Karp, CEO of Tumblr 

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Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp  

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Laura M. Ricketts, Co-owner of the Chicago Clubs  

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Rob Marcus, CEO of Time Warner

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Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs

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"I don't want to help or hurt anybody by giving them an endorsement," he told CNBC earlier this year. That was during the Democratic primary when Clinton was still facing off against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic nominee has been criticized for her ties to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms — and for earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches given to the global investment bank and its clients.

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"If the worst thing is that we have a history of having engaged positively with Hillary Clinton, that's not going to annoy me," Blankfein said.

As for Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs employees and clients, Blankfein said if he were in her position, he would have released the transcripts. Clinton declined to do so, but some of them have since been released as part of hacked Clinton campaign emails released by WikiLeaks.

"I didn't think she was saying anything untoward," Blankfein said. "I don't recall specifically, but nothing that she said would have jarred me that she was going into some impermissible area or revealing some secrets."

"I don't know what secrets she would have had about the financial markets that she could have revealed," he added.

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Britney Spears

Being in Vegas for #PieceOfMe is amazing for so many reasons... Especially today... because I had the incredible opportunity to meet @HillaryClinton!! Such an inspiration and beautiful voice for women around the world!!! This woman had an intense presence and I felt very honored to meet her!!!

Steve Harvey

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Cher

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Matt Damon

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George Clooney

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Richard Gere

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Snoop Dogg

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Will Ferrell

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Martha Stewart

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Tom Hanks

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West

I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident http://t.co/zGpdcGSZBD

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker

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Amy Schumer

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Jennifer Lopez

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Kerry Washington

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Bethenny Frankel

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Oprah Winfrey

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Beyonce

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Uzo Aduba

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Tory Burch

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Candice Bergen

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Eva Longoria

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America Ferrera

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Chloe Grace Moretz

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Bryan Cranston

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Shonda Rhimes

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2 Chainz

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Ellen Pompeo

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Viola Davis

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Kendall Jenner

Shirt by @themarcjacobs. History by @hillaryclinton. #MadeForHistory #ImWithHer @voguemagazine

Demi Lovato

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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Jesse Eisenberg

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Salma Hayek

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Lena Dunham

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Olivia Wilde

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