Clinton, who was once on Wal-Mart's board, said the stores give some Americans the chance to "go and look" at "products that never were readily available in a lot of those places before."
The contrast with the rhetoric Clinton has used on the campaign trail is striking.
The excerpts, posted by WikiLeaks, appear in an internal campaign email that highlighted the most politically damaging quotes from each paid speech.
Previously, Clinton's answer that she would release her transcripts when her opponents released theirs was understood to be directed only at Sanders.
The guy in the audience at the Democratic town hall said it was a matter of trust. "Please just release those transcripts so we know exactly where you stand," he said.
“Are you willing to release the transcripts of all your paid speeches?” “I will look into it. I don't know the status, but I will certainly look into it.”
Clinton has been on the defensive about the speaking fees she and her husband have collected, especially the $675,000 she made from influential investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week assailed Clinton for taking large speaking fees from the financial industry since leaving the State Department.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus as an institution has stopped taking corporate money. The members of that institution are a different story.
Will the Democrats use their impending majority in 2019 to not just restrain or even impeach Donald Trump, but to push for a more progressive agenda?