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Warren ‘troubled’ by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spoke with reporters, March 14, as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan, at the Capitol in Washington. Warren said during an interview on SiriusXM’s “Alter Family Values,” Thursday, that she was “troubled” by reports that former President Barack Obama will give a speech to a September health care conference that will be paid for by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

WASHINGTON >> U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s “troubled” by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

The Massachusetts Democrat said Thursday on SiriusXM’s “Alter Family Politics” program that she is concerned about the overall influence of money in politics.

Obama spokesman Eric Schultz says in a statement that the Democratic former president accepted the invitation to speak because health care is “an issue of great importance to him.” He added that Obama implemented financial reforms even after taking money from Wall Street as a candidate in 2008.

Schultz says Obama will be true to his values and record “regardless of venue or sponsor” for his speeches.

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