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From 'dead broke' to not 'truly well off,' Hillary's choice of words again cause backlash



Hillary Clinton is again being criticized for her choice of words during a book tour interview with The Guardian published Saturday.

In a third attempt to explain away the 'dead broke' comment that started it all, she suggested that she was unlike others out there who were 'truly well off.'

A recap of Clinton's post-'dead broke' attempts at explanation:

Attempt 1 - Clinton chats with Robin Roberts on ABC, during which she attempted to relay that her family has been through similar financial challenges to those of the average American:

"We understand what that [sic] struggles I, because we had student debts, both of us, we had to pay off," Clinton told ABC's Robin Roberts. "I had a couple of jobs in law school. He had a lot of jobs. We have a life experiences that's clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans, but also we have gone through some of the same challenges as many people have."

Attempt 2 - Clinton chats with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a long-time friend, who sets her up with another chance to explain:

"Dead broke," Emanuel said to Clinton. "Really?"

Clinton: "That may have not been the most artful way of saying that Bill and I have gone through a lot of different phases in our lives. That was then, this is now. Obviously, we are very fortunate. We've been given great opportunities," Clinton said.

Attempt 3: The most recent interview with The Guardian, part of her book tour, during which many believe she had to have known she would be questioned on the topic of her wealth.

Clinton: "But they don't see me as part of the problem,' she protests, 'because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we've done it through dint of hard work,' she says, letting off another burst of laughter. If past form is any guide, she must be finding my question painful."

Many American voters can see that Clinton has had certain familiar financial setbacks. What's unclear to Americans is which class she believes her setbacks are akin to.


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