Hillary Clinton on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Big Banks and Bad TV

On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton had a relatively light-hearted interview with Stephen Colbert. Her first visit to what she called the “cathedral of Colbert,” comes in the middle of a media blitz of sorts; from a dance lesson Ellen to playing a bartender on Saturday Night Live.


Colbert’s interview covered a range of topics but stayed pretty firmly in the easy lifestyle-focused questions that candidates want to answer, the kind that make them “relatable.” Clinton told Colbert that she celebrated her recent 68th birthday by sleeping late which, for her, was “pretty celebratory.”

“Did you do anything special, like have a celebration for 11 hours?” Colbert asked, jokingly referencing the Benghazi panel.

“Bill and I just kind of watched bad TV,” Clinton replied. Among her bad television tastes: House of Cards, The Good Wife, and Madame Secretary.

The second half of the interview pivoted to politics:

“Why do you want to be President of the United States?” Colbert asked. “I want to build on the progress we’ve made. We’ve got to defend the progress we’ve made on women’s rights and gay rights,” Clinton answered. She rehashed her talking points about the economy, her commitment to President Obama’s policies and focus on rebuilding the middle class.

She did, however, depart from Obama’s policy when Colbert asked her, “If you’re president and the banks are failing, do we let them fail?”

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,” Clinton said. “First of all, under Dodd-Frank, that is what will happen because we now have stress tests and I’m going to impose a risk fee on the big bank if they engage in risky behavior, but they have to know, their shareholders have to know that yes, they will fail... Then under my plan, and others that have been proposed, they may have to be broken up.”


The interview wrapped up with Colbert offering some suggestions on Clinton-inspired Halloween costumes.



trying to be more progressive now to steal some of bernie’s shine? And then if you get into office it’s back to being the true hillary.