Hillary: Bill and I Not 'Truly Well Off'

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 09:13 PM

By Greg Richter

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After being forced to backtrack on comments she and her husband were "dead broke" at the end of his eight years in the White House, Hillary Clinton now says she and Bill Clinton are not like the "truly well off."

In an interview with The Guardian, Hillary Clinton was asked about her personal wealth. She and Bill have reportedly earned $100 million since he left office.

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How can she be credible on the Democratic issue of "income inequality," considering her own riches, she was asked.

Americans "don't see me as part of the problem," Clinton answered, "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."

Republicans found the words no less out-of-touch with regular Americans that her original comment about being dead broke.

Some of them used Twitter to take the former first lady to task.

One critic was Republican strategist Ana Navarro.



Another was Ryan Williams, who a spokesman for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who also was criticized for being out of touch with the middle class.



The Washington Post said Clinton's remarks could be interpreted multiple ways, including that she does count herself among the "truly well off," but since she and Bill receive their income through work rather than investments, they pay "ordinary income tax" just like the middle and lower classes.

The Post said it received no response from a Clinton spokesman when asked to clarify the remark.

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