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Out of touch? Hillary Clinton hits back after wealth gaffe

Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:34 AM
Hillary Rodham Clinton, attends her Book Signing For Hard Choices at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hillary Clinton sought to nuance her remark that she and former president husband Bill were "dead broke" when they left the White House, insisting that she was not out of touch.

The widely-anticipated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate earlier this month kicked off her book tour telling ABC television that the Clintons left the White House "not only dead broke, but in debt."

"We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for (daughter) Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy," said Mrs Clinton, a Yale-educated lawyer herself before entering public service.

Republicans jumped on her comments. Even some supporters cringed at what sounded like elitism and insensitivity to the plight of ordinary Americans, at a time when the US economy is still suffering.

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