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Clinton goes from “dead broke” to “obviously blessed”

Hillary Clinton retracted a statement she made Monday that she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House. Instead, she called herself “obviously blessed” this morning on “Good Morning America.”

“Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today,” Clinton said. “Bill and I were obviously blessed. We worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we continue to work hard, and we’ve been blessed in the last 14 years.”

Clinton’s earlier statement about her financial struggles was in defense of the money she has made through numerous speaking engagements. She said that she and Bill were in debt due to their daughter Chelsea’s education costs and the payments incurred from their multiple mortgages. They also had astronomical legal fees.

She added as part of her amendment this morning:

“As I recall we were something like $12 million in debt. We have a life experience that is clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans, but we also have gone through some of the same challenges as many people have. I worry a lot about people I know personally and people in this country who don’t have the same opportunities that we’ve been given.”

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