Hillary On Her Finances: Bill And I Not ‘Truly Well Off’

By Jack Flash

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Excerpted from The Hill: Hillary Clinton says she and her husband aren’t truly “well off,” despite the fact that they’ve made millions.

Clinton made the comment in an interview published Saturday night in The Guardian.

The exchange touched on the recent comment she made about how she and former President Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001—a statement many regarded as out of touch.

“But they don’t see me as part of the problem,” she said of voters, “because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work,” she said, laughing.

The Clintons have reportedly made $100 million since leaving the White House, The Guardian noted.

When the former secretary of State kicked off her book tour for Hard Choices earlier this month, she told ABC News’s Diane Sawyer that they were in debt 13 years ago.

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.” Keep reading

Excerpted from The Guardian: America’s glaring income inequality is certain to be a central bone of contention in the 2016 presidential election. But with her huge personal wealth, how could Clinton possibly hope to be credible on this issue when people see her as part of the problem, not its solution?

“But they don’t see me as part of the problem,” she protests, “because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work,” she says, letting off another burst of laughter. If past form is any guide, she must be finding my question painful.

    


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