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Hillary Rodham Clinton: We were 'dead broke' after the White House

By: Associated Press
June 9, 2014 Updated: June 9, 2014 at 11:51 am
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photo - FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. For almost a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. "I am running. Around the park." Clinton said in May, to Barbara Walters, and earlier to a Maryland audience, "Stay tuned." Says she'll decide this year whether to run.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. For almost a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. "I am running. Around the park." Clinton said in May, to Barbara Walters, and earlier to a Maryland audience, "Stay tuned." Says she'll decide this year whether to run. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file) 

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton says her family was "dead broke" after her husband Bill's presidency.

In an interview with ABC News airing Monday, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender said the couple emerged from the White House saddled with legal fees and debt. Clinton said they struggled to finance "mortgages, for houses" and daughter Chelsea's education.

Financial disclosures showed that the family in 2001 owed millions of dollars in legal bills stemming from Bill Clinton's time in the White House.

Republicans said the remark shows it's difficult for ordinary people to relate to Clinton, who has made a fortune in speaking fees and is promoting a new book. Democrats leveled a similar charge against the GOP's wealthy 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

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