Clinton: Bill and I Aren't Like the 'Truly Well Off'
We pay our taxes, she says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2014 3:21 AM CDT
Updated Jun 23, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
Clinton smiles out to a crowd in Chicago earlier this month during an event to promote her new book.    (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

(Newser) – In a wide-ranging Hillary Clinton interview with the Guardian, one line is getting the most attention: Clinton's claim that she and Bill aren't like the "truly well off," despite have earned more than $100 million since they left the White House in 2001. Asked if she could really be a champion for fighting income inequality, Clinton said "people don't see me as part of the problem, 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."

Republicans were quick to pounce on her comments, Politico reports. "If Hillary is going to run for president, she might be advised to take a lengthy sabbatical from her $200K per pop speaking tour and private shopping sprees at Bergdorfs to try and reconnect with what’s happening back here on Earth," said a spokesman for GOP research group America Rising. Clinton supporters fired back—and weren't shy about naming names. "Clinton's point is about paying your fair share in taxes, unlike leading Republicans who try to evade tax responsibilities using offshore loopholes," said a spokeswoman for pro-Clinton group Correct the Record. The America Rising spokesman "has selective memory if he doesn't recall reports that Mitt Romney reportedly maintained more than $30 million in the Cayman Islands," she said. Earlier this month, Clinton took flak for claiming she and Bill were "dead broke" after leaving the White House.

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Jun 27, 2014 2:27 PM CDT
Lord, was a clueless twit she is. $100 million doesn't count for truly wealthy anymore? And as far as those living off their savings, inheritances, or trust funds…I bet all that money was taxed at an exorbitant rate when earned, and this is what's left. Why do some of you feel entitled to it? Oh, now I get it! Entitled… you're "progressive" liberal democrats, eh? What's his should be mine because I want it and need it more! Wahwahwah… grow the f*ck up!
Jeff Zekas
Jun 24, 2014 9:09 PM CDT
If you EARNED your money and have personally worked and sweated your whole life, then you can care about the middle class. If you INHERITED your money and made money through dividends and interest, then you are part of The One Percent, and thus, part of the problem. The Clintons, whatever you may think of them personally, have earned a living, through their own efforts, and don't dodge taxes (like Romney and his buds) and thus, the Clintons are connected to the mainstream. Romney and the rest of the Wall Street criminals are selfish, greedy and heartless. After all, it was Mr Romney and his folk who said that the rest of us are "takers" and a bunch of bums. "My job is not to worry about those people,” Mitt Romney said of the 47 percent of Americans who are likely to vote for Barack Obama. “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Jun 24, 2014 2:37 AM CDT
Remember, some of their fundraising is for the Clinton Foundation.