Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton is 'not out of touch' with poor Americans

The former president defended his wife's headline-grabbing comments about her family's wealth.
By Kate Stanton  |  June 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Bill Clinton said his wife, Hillary, is "not out of touch" with ordinary Americans, in response to critics who balked at the former secretary of state's comments about her wealth.

The former U.S. president sat down with NBC News' David Gregory at a Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver in Tuesday. Gregory asked about Hillary Clinton' s eyebrow-raising comments about her personal wealth.

"You just have to be transparent," Clinton said. "I don't think most Americans resent somebody else doing well. They resent it if they're not getting a fair deal."

Hillary, who's contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, prompted criticism earlier this month when she told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that the Clintons were "dead broke" when Bill left office.

"It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt," Bill said. "Everyone now assumes that what happened in the intervening years was automatic. I am shocked that it happened. I am shocked that people still want me to come give talks. I am grateful."

Hillary later told The Guardian, "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."

Bill stressed that his wife understood the needs of "ordinary people."

"She advocated and worked, as a senator, for things that were good for ordinary people. And, before that, all her life," he said.

But he also acknowledged that his wife's comments weren't her "most adept."

"You can say, 'Okay, I gotta clean that up,' which she did," he added.

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