Hillary Clinton had a difficult time Wednesday night explaining why she accepted more than $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year, NBC News reported.
"Well, I don't know. That's what they offered," she said when asked about the fees by CNN host Anderson Cooper in a forum televised by the network with less than a week away from New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.
Bernie Sanders has used Clinton's lucrative turn on the paid speaking circuit to attack her.
"I wasn't committed to running. I didn't know whether I would or not," she added when asked why she took the money knowing it would look bad if she ran. She said she did not regret taking the money, noting that other former secretaries of states have given paid speeches and saying that no one can influence her.