Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles
June 10th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul went toe-to-toe in the media this week, amplifying 2016 tension between perhaps the two most active potential presidential candidates.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican argued Clinton was out of touch for saying she was "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House.

"She's going to have some surprises once she gets out of her limousine and meets the American people," Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to reports by Politico and Breitbart.

"If she wants to come to Eastern Kentucky, to my state and talk to miners who are out of work and see the despair in their faces and talk about her personal plight as being the poor spouse of the president, she's welcome to take that message around the country," Paul said.

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Clinton first made the comment in an interview that aired Monday on ABC News. She told Diane Sawyer that her family was "dead broke" and in debt when they left the White House more than a dozen years ago. Clinton made the comments in defense of the hefty speaking fees she commands since stepping down as secretary of state last year.

Clinton later added her family had "no money" at that time and "struggled to piece together the resources" for mortgages and her daughter Chelsea's college education.

The Clintons departed the White House in debt due to enormous legal fees. By the end of 2000, their debt totaled somewhere between $2.28 million to $10.6 million. But former presidents and first ladies have the ability to make a lot of money, and the Clintons were no exception and have done so. Their assets grew quickly.

Critics quickly seized on her remarks, which made waves in social media.

Clinton attempted to clarify the comments in an interview Tuesday morning with ABC's Robin Roberts, saying she understood the criticism but recalled her family was "something like $12 million in debt" in the winter of 2001.

"Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today. It is an issue that I have worked on and cared about my entire adult life," said Clinton, who later noted that getting out of post-White House debt "was something that we really had to work hard" to accomplish."

But Paul labeled her argument a "sad song."

"The sad song of her reporting her financial difficulties and the fact that she hasn't driven herself in a car in 17 years, doesn't sound like she's going to connect real well with the middle class," he said, according to reports.

The former secretary of state admitted in January that she hadn't driven a car since 1996.

Paul, who's considering a presidential bid of his own, has long been a fierce critic of Clinton, especially on her handling of the deadly 2012 terror attack against a U.S. compound in Benghazi. He's also argued repeatedly that former President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky is a liability for Democrats.

Clinton was asked about Paul in the interview with Sawyer.

"He can talk about whatever he wants to talk about," Clinton said. "And if he decides to run, he'll be fair game, too."

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday indicated that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, Clinton would defeat Paul, 53%-43%, among registered voters nationwide in a hypothetical matchup.

CNN's Dan Merica and Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Malory Archer
    Boehner is obviously correct.


    And you know this because... ... ...?
    Something you know nothing about, common sense. It's blatantly obvious.


    In other words, ya got nothin' but ad hominem attacks. M'kay, thanks for playing! Now go stand over there ---–> while the grown ups talk.

    June 10, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    When the Clinton's left the White House, they had $12 million in bills and they were broke. You'd think that the repub/tea bags would be happy that she and her husband worked to repay that debt.

    June 10, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Denise

    Rand Paul clearly thinks he is in the same league with Hillary. He sure is obsessing about the interview last evening. Doesn't he have anything better to do than comb his hair or save his neighborhood from the gay couple next door......

    June 10, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Malory Archer
    Well, the Democrats have foisted the biggest joke of a president on the country ever so they should have a sense of humor by now.
    Right on Donna! Al Gore and the Dems should have been more forceful and DEMANDED that the 2000 Florida recount continue until ALL of the ballots were counted, despite the red (aka Brooks Brothers) riot that broke out at the Supervisor of Elections' office. Had they done so they could have saved us that 8-year long "joke"! As for "hate and anger", you might want to take a quick look in a mirror, babe!

    Sreiously Mallory!! FOURTEEN YEARS LATER and you are still harping on this??? Now that is truly a real joke...


    You're the one who brought it up, babe. That being said, there's no statute of limitations on the bitterness felt by many for that fiasco. Your maniacal laughter is indicative of someone who is able to see the smoldering pile of rubble the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue left in his wake but chooses to deny and project out of guilt for having voted for him twice. That your ilk believes President Obama should have been able in five years to undo the waste his predecessor laid this nation to in eight years is laughably infantile at best.

    June 10, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Hey BLAND, how about a comment on your two teaparty supporters that MURDERED TWO POLICE OFFICERS and carrying YOUR don't tread on me FLAG and putting over one of their bodies. You and your TEAPARTY GOP congressman and woman like Cruz Rubio and BACHMAN and lee and king of Iowa are RESPONSIBLE !!!!!!!!PACK YOUR BAGS, novembers comes quickly.

    June 10, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton fails to mention that all of their debt was because of massive legal bills from Bill Clinton's impeachment. If Slick Willy wasn't a sexual predator and a perjuror then they wouldn't have owed this money. So please Hillary, whine and complain to the cause of your problems, Bill Clinton.

    June 10, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority
    When the Clinton's left the White House, they had $12 million in bills and they were broke. You'd think that the repub/tea bags would be happy that she and her husband worked to repay that debt.
    As usual, what the GOP says and what they believe are very different. Keeping the workers in debt to the corporate overlords and NOT getting out of debt is a GOP core value. Because that is good for corporations that have more rights than people now.

    June 10, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    -this guy is not even qualified to be a cook in Presidential Residence–WH.

    June 10, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Tommy G

    Malory, malory, malory.... your bitterness has gotten the best of you. Al Gore lost the 2000 election by everybody's count. Next time Democrats demand a recount they should not just try to pick and choose which Democrat districts they want recounted.

    June 10, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Archer

    She is definitely out of touch but they have been in DC a long time. As far as cashing in and making money all power to them. I would not vote for her but I am all for people making a lot of money doing whatever is ethical and honest and that's what they are doing. I wish Bill could run again. As a life long conservative I would gladly vote for him.

    June 10, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    ""If she wants to come to Eastern Kentucky, to my state and talk to miners who are out of work and see the despair in their faces and talk about her personal plight as being the poor spouse of the president, she's welcome to take that message around the country,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: [Insert deliberate misinterpretation of what someone else said and then that straw man on fire.**]

    ** Note: do not hold straw man's arms out to the side, as that looks like a cross and may lead to misinterpretation.

    June 10, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. sifto

    cnn..stop blaming republicans as the ones who are accusing clinton of victimizing herself..the american people are not stupid..democrats are also swallowing their vomit regarding her lying and sickening diatribe..

    June 10, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    what with this guy? He must take himself seriously. Can't hold water for Hillary.

    June 10, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Malory Archer
    What Donna cannot accept is that the man or woman has not been born yet that could fix the total devastation W left this nation in. Nor can she accept responsibility for it, none of the GOTP can. A president who was not elected but appointed by the SCOTUS is another issue they cannot deal with. When the president was faced early on with an investigation and possible prosecution of W for war crimes he very thoughtfully (and probably untruthfully said) he wanted to move ahead. Something the GOTP has been very proud of accomplishing as the nation remains stagnant at their behest. "FOURTEEN YEARS LATER" and your still harping on this"? Yes, little Donna, we will continue to harp on this just as the world continues to harp on Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin.
    We will not forget in hopes that we will not repeat. I think Donna is the joke here as usual.

    June 10, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Robert Walters

    To go around and get paid for giving speeches is not "HARD WORK'

    June 10, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. smith1

    this poor sad sack excuse of a man has no room to talk.doe doe bird needs to rethink this . he is not even in Hillary's league. unlike the romneys Hillary did not come from an affluent back ground.

    June 10, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. RWB1956

    Will someone sane please tell me what Rand Paul has accomplished since he became a Senator. Attacking Obama and Clinton daily does not cut it. What about the people he works for. So far all I've read and seen is a waste of time.

    June 10, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. twonmakermama mamabear

    While "she," Hillary was DEAD BROKE, according to "her story..." having 100 mill in the bank sounds GREAT, she is certainly MORE than welcome to "share in my neighborhood!!" Everyday... Hillary, not to dare mention what Billary was making, either!!1 mmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~~~~~~~~~~~~~> She still aint no ways tired, yet either!!! Benghazi STILL Flipping MATTERS, you old Bag!!

    June 10, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    Rand Paul is obviously running for dooshbag – and winning!

    June 10, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Hector Slagg

    Um, Well,
    Nothing like knowing nothing and being proud of it. Nothing like poor mouthing your station in life.

    June 10, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Thomas

    What dose Rand Paul and velveeta cheese have in common ?

    They are both not very good for you .

    June 10, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    Few things would make Hillary happier than Rand Paul as the GOP nominee in 2016.

    June 10, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Ayn Rand Paul snuck into office when Democrats didn't vote in the midterms. This little weasel can be voted out just as easily!

    June 10, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. BErnard

    CLinton is a back then president this is now obama hand are tide we have to move forward i agreed with obama we have to move forward but how do we di that not by taxing by new job growth

    June 10, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Elaxra

    Rand Paul has his nerve. Remember when he got out with the people and met TSA. He was singled out to get searched and complained. He was pulled from line and isolated and he continued to complain. He didn't seem to function well with the people!!

    June 10, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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