WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said Clinton has long been held to unfair standards compared to her male contemporaries.
"First and foremost, I'm a little frustrated by this," Booker told CNN on Wednesday when asked if Clinton should release transcripts of her paid speeches to financial institutions. Clinton once again refused to do so at a Democratic town hall on Tuesday night. "Let's stop putting her up to a higher standard," Booker said, calling the issue of Clinton's paid speeches a distraction.
"A lot of these things people are throwing at her are distractions from the core issues," he said. "What is your plan for the American people, and how realistic is it in this time of urgency? How are you going to move the bar?"
The New Jersey Democrat said the issue is symptomatic of a double standard Clinton has faced in the public eye for years.
"Even when I was supporting Obama back in 2008, I saw her treated in a different way," he said, citing "a different standard for her, different levels of vetting, different levels of examination, even articles criticizing what she was wearing and her hair that I didn't see for other candidates in the race."
Clinton's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., has repeatedly hammered Clinton on her speeches to Wall Street institutions. The Sanders campaign has pressed Clinton for the release of transcripts of those speeches, including transcripts of three speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs for which she was paid $675,000.