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Can poor Americans really relate to wealthy politicians?

Hillary Clinton said she was broke. And that has raised some questions about whether Americans relate to wealthy politicians.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am •  Published: June 11, 2014
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Hillary Clinton said she and her family were dirt-broke when her husband left the White House.

But that’s raised some interesting questions about how Americans relate to politicians, especially when it comes to wealth.

On her cross-country book tour — in which she is promoting her “Hard Choices” memoir, Clinton was interviewed by ABC, which aired the segment on Monday. In a preview of the interview, Clinton revealed that her family was “dead-broke” by the time they left office, struggling to balance mortgage payments, legal fees and general life, The Washington Post reported.

“We came out of the White House not only dead-broke but in debt,” Clinton said, according to The Post. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

This has raised concern among politicians that Clinton isn’t in touch with everyday society, according to USA Today.

“Despite a six-figure taxpayer-funded income and a book deal worth $8 million, it’s laughable to think that Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House broke,” said RNC spokesman Jahan Wilcox, according to USA Today. “It’s clear nobody could be more out of touch than Hillary Clinton.”

But Clinton later clarified these comments, saying that she wasn’t necessarily in the same situations as many Americans find themselves in a post-Recession world, USA Today reported.

“Let me just clarify. … I fully appreciate how hard life is so for many Americans today,” Clinton said in the ABC interview, according to USA Today. “It’s an issue I’ve worked on and cared about my entire adult life.”

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