Hillary Clinton told ABC’s Diane Sawyer on June 9 that when she and her family left the White House in 2001, they were “dead broke.” The reaction to that remark took an interesting turn on Tuesday, when her husband and former president Bill Clinton leaped into the fray by asserting that his wife’s comment “is factually true” and the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is “not out of touch.”
“It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt,” Clinton said as his wife and daughter Chelsea looked on. He then stated that reporters “making an issue of his family’s rise to wealth” are pursuing “the wrong debate.” The public should be talking about how to address the “demise of the American dream.”
He said his wife had in the past offered legal assistance for poor people and fought for paid leave for pregnant mothers in the 1970s. In addition, he said that he and the former secretary of state go to their local grocery store on the weekends and talk to regular people.