Hillary Rodham Clinton countered criticism that her personal wealth undermines a populist campaign message focused on the economic problems of everyday Americans, saying on Monday that her family fortune is “secondary” to most voters.
This is not the FIRST time Hillary has “slipped up” on her wealth feelings. Remember when she spoke with O’Reilly? “And you know what—rich people—God bless us. We deserve all the—opportunities to make sure our country and our blessings continue to the next generation.”
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“I don’t think Americans are against success,” she told reporters in Concord, New Hampshire. “Those of us who do have opportunities ought to be doing more to help other people do the same.”
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have made hundreds of millions of dollars since leaving the White House from paid speeches— a fortune that even she has struggled to explain.
Last year, she stumbled into a storm of political criticism after saying her family was “dead broke” at the end of her husband’s second term. Though in deep debt due to legal fees from various controversies, Bill Clinton quickly moved the couple into the top 1 percent with book sales and speaking fees.
Last month, the couple reported that they earned more than $30 million in speaking fees and book royalties since January 2014.
In New Hampshire on Monday, Clinton seemed more comfortable acknowledging her wealth, describing her family as “blessed.” But she also highlighted her middle class roots, pointing out that both she and her husband had federal college loans to pay off.
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