Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making some pretty interesting comments about our nation's tax system, perhaps hinting at her policies should she run for the white house in 2016.
While trying to explain recent comments that her family was "dead broke" when they left the white house in 2001, Clinton told a German newspaper about her husband's finances:
"In our system he had to make double what he needed in order just to pay off the debt, and then to finance a house and continue to pay for our daughter's education," Clinton said.
Outfront, former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. He's also a former McCain economic adviser.
Student leaders including the student body president at the University of Las Vegas are calling on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return the reported $225,000 speaking fee she's set to receive for an upcoming speech at the school.
UNLV student body president Elias Benjelloun and Daniel Waqar, the student government's public relations director, told Nevada political reporter John Ralston that the speaking fee is "a bit outrageous."
"We'd like Secretary Clinton, respectfully, to gracefully return the money to the university or the foundation," Waqar told Ralston on Thursday.
The university says the fee is covered through private sponsorships and a Clinton aide tells CNN that the money will go to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Nevada university students call on Clinton to return speaking fee
But, as you might expect, the Republican party is seizing on this latest development to paint the potential 2016 candidate as out of touch.
OutFront, Sunny Hostin and Margaret Hoover, along with David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton group.View my Flipboard Magazine.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his wife Hillary against accusations she's out of touch, after her comments that the family was "dead broke" when they left the White House in 2001.
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 doesn't understand the average American, noting that she has worked "all her life" on "things that were good for ordinary people."
Bill Clinton defends Hillary: 'She's not out of touch’
"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."
But is the former president creating a bigger problem?
OutFront, John Avlon, Margaret Hoover and Peter Beinart.
OutFront tonight – Hillary Clinton faces the public.
For the first time since the release of her new memoir, Hard Choices, the former Secretary of State took questions from the public right here on CNN.
It was a town hall format, and moderator Christiane Amanpour started with a question on Benghazi, a topic that has dominated the headlines today as news broke of the arrest of a key suspect in the 2012 attack.
Clinton said that although there are still some unanswered questions, she's convinced the United States will eventually piece together the full story of what happened.
Of course, Amanpour also asked her if she was excited about the possibility of becoming the first female president of the country. Predictably, Clinton demurred, but said she's actively thinking about "all of the choices I face."
Hillary Clinton says a woman running for President in 2016 will encounter a more welcoming political landscape than she did in 2008.
"I think over the last six, seven years there has been a greater awareness in the American public about the double standard,” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America. “I really believe there’s a great discussion going on now. And whether it’s somebody running for president or somebody climbing the corporate ladder or broadcasting or anything else, there’s much greater awareness and that’s all to the good.”
Is there less sexism in politics now than there was in 2008?
OutFront tonight: CNN Political Commentator Margaret Hoover, CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Media Analyst Rachel Sklar.