Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed a bit skeptical of Hillary Clinton’s comments about her and her husband’s post-White House financial situation.
During an interview in Chicago this morning for her book “Hard Choices,” Emanuel asked Clinton directly about her recent remarks to ABC News.
“Dead broke,” Emanuel said. “Really?”
To some audience laughter at the event for Chicago Ideas Week, Clinton admitted her word choice was not ideal.
“That may have not been the most artful way of saying that Bill and I have gone through a lot of different phases in our lives,” she told Emanuel, a longtime friend and former adviser to President Clinton. “That was then, this is now. Obviously, we are very fortunate. We’ve been given great opportunities.”
Clinton then went on to describe how she and her husband both had good educations with great teachers. “We’ve been blessed,” she said. ”We have gone through ups and downs like a lot of people. But, clearly, we’re very grateful for the opportunities we’ve had.”
In addition, Clinton addressed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising loss in the Virginia primary Tuesday night, and described challenger Dave Brat as “a candidate who basically ran against immigration.”
“One of our greatest strengths is that we are a nation of immigrants and we would give that up at our peril,” Clinton said. “I believe so strongly that the negative attitudes about immigration and immigrants, which we are seeing played out in certain places in our country politically, are based on a gross misunderstanding.”