Before Hillary Clinton’s big interview with Diane Sawyer even aired last night, Business Insider was declaring that the former Secretary of State/Senator/First Lady had committed the “first gaffe” of her book tour. During the interview, Clinton said she and Bill were “dead broke” and struggled to pay for houses and mortgages and other expenses.
“We had no money when we got there and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy,” she said.
Of course many, including commenters on our story, took issue with her use of the term “dead broke” when she’s talking about multiple “houses” and the relative comfort that the Clintons have probably always lived in when you compare it to those who are struggling with low-paying jobs and other financial hardships. Clinton heard you loud and clear.
In a follow up on GMA this morning with Robin Roberts, Clinton walked back a bit on the comment, saying instead, “Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today. It’s an issue that I’ve worked on and cared about my entire adult life. Bill and I were obviously blessed, we worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we have continued to work hard.”
According to Clinton, the couple had $12 million in debt and legal fees. But word is they have since earned $100 million on speaking engagements and other work. Hillary Clinton today starts a 10-day book tour for her new book Hard Choices, which many see as a lead up to her announcement that she’s running for president in 2016. Republicans wasted no time jumping on Clinton’s remarks saying she couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to be truly broke, calling her “out of touch.” This coming from a party whose last presidential candidate was the very wealthy Mitt Romney. If you recall, the GOP labeled any criticism that Romney was out of touch or part of the one percent as the rhetoric of “class war.” So, glass houses folks.
Will you read Hard Choices? If you’re going to any of the book signings, here are the rules.