Tags: Hillary Clinton | Hillary Clinton | Germany | spying

Hillary on Clinton Dynasty: 'Certain Families' Have 'Sense of Commitment'

Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 09:47 PM

By Cathy Burke

There's nothing wrong —  or new —  with political dynasties in America, where "certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics," Hillary Clinton says in a magazine interview made pubic Tuesday.

The former first lady and secretary of State brushed aside a question from German magazine Der Spiegel that multiple Clinton and Bush administrations could push American democracy into a monarchy.

Urgent: Don't Underestimate Your Risk for Heart Disease. Free Online Test Now

"We had two Roosevelts. We had two Adams," Clinton told the magazine.

"It may be that certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics. I ran for president, as you remember. I lost to somebody named Barack Obama, so I don't think there is any guarantee in American politics.

"My last name did not help me in the end. Our system is open to everyone. It is not a monarchy in which I wake up in the morning and abdicate in favor of my son."

John Adams was the second president of the United States; his son, John Quincy Adams, was the nation's sixth president. Theodore Roosevelt served from 1901-1909; his distant cousin Franklin Roosevelt was president from 1933 until his death in 1945.

Asked if she'd like to see daughter Chelsea get into politics, Clinton said it would be "up to her, and I'll support her in whatever she chooses." She added she herself is still on the fence about another White House bid.

"I haven't made up my mind," she told the magazine.

Clinton also doubled down on her claim that she and husband former President Bill Clinton were "dead broke" when they left the White House, asserting some of the criticism is politically fueled.

"I think that if you go back and look at the last eight to 10 months, you'll see that people are seizing everything about me, and I accept that," she said. "I mean, that's part of being out in the public, out as a potential candidate…."

She insisted, however, their White House stint brought them to the financial brink.

"[W]hen we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because of all the legal bills that we owed because of the relentless persecution of my husband and myself, and he had to work unbelievably hard to pay off every single penny of every debt we owed," she said. "And we did."

She said she and the former president, who reportedly earned over $108 million from 2001-2007, "are very grateful for where we are today."

"But if you were to go back and look at the amount of money that we owed, we couldn't even get a mortgage on a house by ourselves," she said to Der Spiegel. "In our system, he had to make double what he needed in order just to pay off the debt, and then to finance a house and continue to pay for our daughter's education."

Clinton also touched on the controversy over a recently arrested German double agent, and the U.S. bugging of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.

"[C]learly, we have to do a much better job in working together between Germany and the United States to sort out what the appropriate lines of cooperation are on intelligence and security," she said.

"Clearly, the surveillance on Chancellor Merkel's phone was absolutely wrong. The president said that. I think that he made it very clear it was unacceptable. Where are the lines on both sides? That's what we have to work out."

She said a no-spy agreement is not the answer either.

"If we were to say no, under no circumstances, that you shouldn't do that to us, we shouldn't do that to you, what if a circumstance arises where it is conceivable that it would be in your interest and ours?" she asked.

"The United States could never enter into a no-spy agreement with any country — not you, not Britain, not Canada. But that doesn't mean that within the intelligence and security institutions within our two countries, we shouldn't have a much clearer idea of what is appropriate and what should not be done."

And to the question of whether Merkel deserves an apology, Clinton replied:

"I'm not in the government anymore, but I'm sorry."

Urgent: Should Hillary Run in 2016? Vote in Urgent Poll Now

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Army Officer: Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, WH Wants It Kept Quiet

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 23:06 PM

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion, but the White House is trying to keep the story under wraps, a  . . .

Snowstorm Threatens to Paralyze Northeast for Days

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 18:12 PM

Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearso . . .

Sen. Ayotte: Trading Terrorists for Citizens Sets Bad Precedent

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 22:23 PM

Sen. Kelly Ayotte told Fox News she is glad Rep. Duncan Hunter is asking questions about the timing of the release of an . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved