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Hillary Clinton: ‘Dead broke’ poverty drove Bill and her to lucrative speaking circuit

Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the millions of dollars she and her husband have been earning in speaking fees, saying they had huge bills to pay when he left the White House. Clinton told Diane Sawyer of ABC...

Hillary Clinton Defends Millions Earned From Speeches

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” she said, in an interview with ABC News due to air Monday night, Mediaite reported. “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

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Mrs. Clinton made the remarks while discussing the speaking tours she and her husband have accepted — in exchange for reportedly large fees — since 2000.

“Let me put it this way,” she said. “I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company as so many people who leave public life do.”

Mrs. Clinton’s earned $5 million-plus in speaking fees since leaving her post in 2013, Mother Jones reported.

Her husband has collected even more. The former president routinely collects $500,000 for a 45-minute talk, the Daily News reported.

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