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Clinton Claimed She Was “Dead Broke” Despite Owning Two Mansions

- October 11, 2015

In A June 9, 2014 Interview, During Her “Hard Choices” Book Tour, Clinton Said That At The End Of Her Husband’s Administration, The Couple Was “Dead Broke.” “The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate has found herself trying to limit blowback to her claim that she and husband Bill were ‘dead broke’ when they left the White House. She made the comment during an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.” (Jon Greenberg, “Hillary Clinton Says She And Bill Were ‘Dead Broke,’” PolitiFact, 6/10/14)

Clinton Said This Despite That Fact That When They Left The White House She Signed An $8 Million Book Deal And The Couple Purchased Two Homes For Nearly $5 Million. “It is technically true that Clinton was broke when she came out of the White House. The Clintons had no cushion from a previous lucrative life in the private sector, and they had mountains of legal bills from their court fights. But the Clintons were not unlike the couple with the winning Powerball ticket: broke at the moment but with the promise of significant riches ahead. Clinton had signed an $8 million book deal (for her previous book). Before leaving the White House they bought a $3 million Washington home and a nearly $2 million home in Chappaqua, New York.” (John Dickerson, “Does Hillary Clinton Feel Your Pain?” Slate, 6/10/14)

Clinton’s Dead Broke Comments Were “Tone Deaf.” “During an ABC news interview scheduled to air Monday night, Clinton recalled how she ‘struggled’ to purchase ‘houses’ after she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, left the White House. Both Clintons have embarked on a lucrative speaking career since then, reportedly earning over $100 million in speaking fees alone and the conservative media quickly jumped on the seemingly tone deaf remark.” (Colin Campbell, “Hillary Clinton Just Made The First Gaffe Of Her 2016 Campaign Rollout,” Business Insider, 6/9/14)

  • “The Clintons Are Millionaires Who Have Been Living The Life Of An Ex-First Family For A Decade And A Half.” “Today, the Clintons are millionaires who have been living the life of an ex-first family for a decade and a half.” (Zachary A. Goldfarb, “The Holes In The Clinton Economic Record That Should Worry Hillary,” The Washington Post, 5/1/14)

Bloomberg’s John Heilemann On Clinton’s “Broke” Claim: “If You Were So Broke, Why Exactly Did You Buy One House Across The Street From The British Embassy And Another In Westchester County?” “‘I don't what Hillary Clinton would have said if she had been asked detailed questions – ‘Well, how many houses did you have?’ And: ‘If you were so broke, why exactly did you buy one house across the street from the British Embassy and another in Westchester County?’ ... Had she been hit with the hardest set of questions you could imagine, with a bulldog-ish set of questions, I don't know what she would have done.’” (Dylan Byers, “Halperin, Heilemann Slam ‘Rusty’ Clinton,” Politico, 6/12/14)


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