Hillary Clinton concedes “you have to be a little bit crazy to run for president,” though she admits she’d do exactly that – again – if she decided she wanted to “continue serving.”
In an interview with Gwen Ifill of “PBS NewsHour” that airs Wednesday night, the former first lady and secretary of state laughed at a question about whether she was “insane” to take another run at the White House. Should she run in 2016, it would be her second attempt. She lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.
“Well, you have to be a little bit crazy to run for president, let me just put it like that,” she said, “because you have to be so totally immersed, and so convinced that you can bring something to that office – that your vision about what you can do to help Americans,” she said in a trailer for the program posted on Real Clear Politics.
Clinton admitted she probably put her foot in her mouth when talking about her own and former President Bill Clinton’s wealth. In one interview, she said the couple were “dead broke” after leaving the White House, and in another, she commented that unlike some rich people, she and her husband are not “truly well off.” The Clintons’ wealth is estimated to be between $100 million and $200 million, The Daily Caller reported.
“I shouldn’t have said the, I think, five or so words that I said,” Clinton told Ifill. “You know, my inartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am, what I’ve stood for my entire life, what I stand for today. Bill and I have had terrific opportunities, but sadly, it’s not true for so many Americans today,” she said. “The Great Recession hasn’t ended for too many Americans … Families are struggling.
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