June 25th, 2014
10:54 AM ET

Bill Clinton Defends Hillary: 'She's Not Out of Touch’

 Former President Bill Clinton rated Hillary Clinton’s much-talked about "dead broke" comment from earlier this month as "factually true" on Tuesday and defended his wife as someone who isn't "out of touch."

In an interview with NBC's David Gregory as part of the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, Bill Clinton pushed back against calls that Hillary Clinton doesn't understand the average American, noting that she has worked "all her life" on "things that were good for ordinary people."

"It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt," Clinton said with a smiling Hillary and Chelsea Clinton watching on. "Everyone now assumes that what happened in the intervening years was automatic. I am shocked that it happened. I am shocked that people still want me to come give talks. I am grateful."

At the start of her book tour, Hillary Clinton told ABC News that her family was "dead broke" when they left the White House in 2001. Clinton added later that her family had "no money" at that time and "struggled to piece together the resources" for mortgages and her daughter Chelsea's college education.

See Political Commentator Errol Louis discuss the interview in the clip above.

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