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Hillary Clinton says she understands 'hard life'

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    hard life?

    Like when she had to duck and run for cover amidst bullets flying in Bosnia?

    Oh wait, she didn't remember that event correctly.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 10, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    Sorry Hillary, but you don't understand hard life.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 10, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    Oh yes, it's republicans like Mitt Romney that understand poor people. Poor people are "takers".

    Are you Republicans seriously using the argument that assets makes one ineligible to run for president? I'm chuckling.

  • Gene Poole SLC, UT
    June 10, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    @ Screwdriver... it isn't assets that make one eligible to run for office. It is integrity. When a potential candidate tells her hard luck story of only having a $1.2 million home in NY to be able to run for office and Bill's $192K annual retirement pay. Must be rough doing it that rough. There may be a dearth of integrity in her "hard life" story. Hillary has the potential to be in the big house rather than the White House if all of her shenanigans are revealed. What will happen? Who knows. Show me a politician with integrity and I'll show you a man or woman who decided not to run. (See Colin Powell as an example.) You mentioned Mitt Romney. You may want to read a bit more about him in the Washington Post. He pays attention. And obviously you feel that his net worth of 250 Million makes him a bad manager and way too wealthy. You know like Oprah feels. (She's worth ONLY 2 Billion, so obviously she does it hard, too) (that's tongue in check.) Best of luck in 2016 - we will all need it.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    Oh, too FUNNY!
    A woman who makes $200k per speech understands the “hard life”
    Give me a break.

    Screwdriver,
    Who said she is ineligible to run for president?
    Are your arguments in her favor so weak you need to make up straw arguments against her you can then refute?

    Obviously having no concept of truth is one of the foremost requirements for a dem candidate for POTUS.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 10, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    I knew some biased liberal was going to try to deflect the attention of this article off of Hillary and on to someone else like Mitt Romney, who isn't a part of this article. And it didn't take long... only the third comment. Sad, but predictable. Only someone clueless would chuckle at his own totally wrong take on that.

    At least Mitt and his wife lived in a basement apartment and had to eat mac & cheese for multiple years while going to college before making it financially on their own. There's no doubt they had a true taste of what it's like to struggle financially. He's been there, done that... regardless of the pious comments liberal apologists like to make about him and other successful Republicans.

    Assets have nothing to do with eligibility to run for President. But trying to pass off oneself as something that they are not, truly does not help. And that's what Hillary did with her "been broke and had a hard life" type of statement.

    She truly doesn't seem to relate and get it with her $200,000 per speech fee and Secret Service protection for decades.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 10, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton was never a poor little rich girl.

    Her mother worked as a maid, and cleaned houses to make ends meet.

    Hillary Clinton has a much better understanding of working class America than does, say Mitt Romney, or just about ANYONE the Republicans would ever field as a Presidential candidate, don't you think?

    The Clinton's were pretty much broke when they left the White House . . . But HUGE speaking fees from grateful citizens around the world have made them some serious money.

    Contrast that with GW Bush . . . He was born into wealth and privilege, but after his devastation of America and the world during his time in office, who wants to hear him speak?

  • SEC Rules Seminole, FL
    June 10, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    CNN is already electing the next President, again.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    June 10, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    How sad that because of party biases we clasify people as good or bad.

    It is interesting that those who claim to be Republican and believe in personal growth and independence would put down the success of Hillary Clinton.

    I also find fascinating that some people can equate success and or quality of life based solely on money. The fact Mrs. Clinton is now a wealthy woman doesn't mean she oblivious to what is a hard life.

    Mrs. Clinton has earned my respect and most people of this country by being a superb first lady. A first lady who was able to portrait herself with dignity under very humilianting circumstances.

    An exemplary mother. If you don't believe it just ask Chelsea.

    One of the most astounding Secretary of State this country has ever had.

    Guys if you are going to focus in destroying somebody's image. Please at least pretend to be objective and try to make balanced statements.

    You may not like Mrs. Clinton, you may disagree with her. Regardless, you cannot deny she is an inspiration to millions at home and around the world.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    Blah blah blah says the democrat. Please, the rulers over us are clueless as to what us peasants do. They could care less, until it's election time when their handlers feed lines to them.

    Anyone who believes a politician has their interest in mind, is a fool. How many of these "public servants" have become wealthy or wealthier after taking office? How many of them are in bed with billionaires and millionaires they claim to hate? How many of them are in bed with the press, that is supposed to be our eyes and ears?

    The fact is, our system is corrupt. They use words that are flattering and carefully polled to tell you what you want to hear, while they steal everything from underneath you.

    I just can't believe the number of minions that throw their support at them. That goes for all of the parties.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    I don't know much about her before she and Bill moved into the Arkansas governor's mansion, so she might have struggled financially a long time ago.

    But she is trying to say that she and Bill knew hard times just 14 years ago. Give me a break. Truth means very little to politicians in general and to the Clintons in particular.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    @ Baccuss0902

    Then you should post something along the same lines for Mitt Romney. He and Ann lived as us peasants for a time. They raised 5 kids (not just one) but 5 kids that are very productive and good for society.

    You're post will be more valid if you reach across party lines and get other examples in there. Otherwise it sounds like a plea to accept a millionaire democrat, after a millionaire republican was demonized.

    Either way the democrats are importing their illegal votes and encouraging more suckers to vote for them, with the promise that the democrats will loot the wealthy old white men and give the spoils of war to the peasants.

    Which we all know is a bunch of fluff. Neither party has a genuine interest in helping peasants. Just to get more gain for themselves. Which is why this country is swirling down the toilet bowl of civilization. Preparing itself for the expected drop into the sewer.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Baccus,

    Who here is putting down the success of Hillary. The title of the article is about her understanding hard life. People are simply pointing out she is a rich 1% person.

    @screwdriver - You're making things up, which goes to show how weak your argument is. The article is about her understanding hard life and its correctly being pointed out she is a very wealthy person and part of the 1% that liberals like to bash. No one is saying being part of that 1% group makes someone ineligible for office.

    You two want to try again and actually address the topic?

    LOL

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    June 10, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    @ Liberal Ted

    You wrote:

    "Then you should post something along the same lines for Mitt Romney. He and Ann lived as us peasants for a time".

    No, I shouldn't! I support Mrs. Clinton not because of the size of her Bank Account and/or personal dealings. I support her :
    for her committment to social issues.
    her proven high intellect.
    her impressive managerial and leadership skills.
    Because her public life is a life of service.
    Because of her vision of our country in relationship to the world.

    If you are set in discrediting her, you can use any strategy you want as far I am concerned. Of course if you go on a rampage of lies and emotional diatribe then somebody will point that out to you.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Funny how Republicans begrudge the success of both the Clintons, both coming from humble circumstances, but worship the silver spoon boy Romney. I guess the stereotypes about the Republicans being the party of the rich and not caring about the upward mobility of the lower classes is true. But what is really amusing is how Republicans of modest means think they are in the same class as the wealthy and fight for those who already have. Talk about being used.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    "But she is trying to say that she and Bill knew hard times just 14 years ago. Give me a break. Truth means very little to politicians in general and to the Clintons in particular."

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    Let me see...If I own a house that costs 1.4 million but owed lawyers 2.3 million, I too would think I was broke and get to work to pay off the debt. They did. She became a senator and Bill started speaking for money. They paid off their debts - they did not ask for a handout from anyone, but worked together and paid off their debts. That took patience and desire. The Clintons are a good example of pulling themselves up by their own hard work, right?

    As an accountant, I would call owing a million more than you have in assets as being broke, wouldn't you?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 10, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Hard life? She made over 100 grand illegally in cattle futures, for which she was never prosecuted! Any other person would be in prison! Hard life- laughable!

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    June 10, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    Thank goodness for so many apologists who want to make sure that this follower of Saul Alinsky assumes the position that she has sought after for years, and continue this fundamental transformation of the once greatest nation on earth to just another country.

    If she can't name a single accomplishment during her tenure as Secretary of State, why in heaven's name would anyone but a die-hard Democrat support her?

    And this notion that she was flat broke is a laugh. Even her friends in the media noted the discrepancy.

    Her handling of our consulate in Benghazi should be a dire warning regarding her ability to handle crisis.

    She's not fit for office, never has been, and never will be.

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    @Baccus0902

    "her impressive managerial and leadership skills."

    Do you mean like Benghazi? ...or is she going to blame Chuck Hagel like Obama did.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    From a technical standpoint their liabilities exceeded their assets at the time, but since they never really struggled (at least not around 2000), that was a poor (pun intended) way of wording it.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Esquire, Bacchus
    Who is begrudging her for her success? Who?

    another straw argument from liberals that joints points to the weakness of their argument.

    We are saying she has no right to cry about the "hard life" as she is rolling in cash. Good for her for being successful! But her then-current cash position did not mean they ahd a hard life. Good Grief!

    Esquire,
    thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy of the left, judging and condemning Romney and saying we have no right to criticize hillary. "silver spoon" I guess that's why he and his wife lived in basement apartments.

    Lane, myer,
    so the US is broke too, then, isn't it? Who were the lenders that elnt to them? Those that looked at their earnings potential. And living in a $1.4 million house is the hard life?

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    June 10, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    You may like to watch tonight's interview by Diane Sawyer to Hillary.

    She will press Hillary Clinton hard againt a corner. Sawyer will be ruthless, she will bring up Beghasi, Monica Lewinsky and all the dirt you like to hear and spread.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Anyone who is too dumb to realize what a tough life Hilary has had......in the end, is really too smart for the rest of you Libs!

    Get smart vote Conservative!

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 10, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    It is always fun to see the Republican Tea Party set get into a lather whenever a Clinton is involved. After 8 years of Bill in office, we may see Hillary in office as well. (I still can not believe all the rubbish said and still said about President Clinton.) Time will tell id Mrs Clinton will run, but for now it appears a possibility. If the woman does become President, the RTP'ers will yet again show their wacky, conspiratorial side and throw any piece of slop at her they can conjure. You would think after 8 years of doing so to President Obama that the RTP'ers would get tired of all of that, but they still seem to go strong with their made up nonsense.

    Then again, maybe that is all the RTP'ers are now. A bunch of mud slingers with no substantive policy proposals other than if a Democrat proposes it, I am against it.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    June 10, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    Hillary felt it necessary to go on Good Morning America this morning to backtrack her ridiculous, yet hysterical comments on her understanding what a hard life is. I'll just bet she has no clue how insincere she sounds. she probably has to have a staffer explain it to her. :-D

    The only thing hard about her life was dealing with her philandering husband.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 10, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    @ Baccus0902:

    You apparently don't get it yet. Republicans aren't putting Hillary down because of her success. They are calling her out because she is trying to portray herself as someone who hasn't had much success, therefore relating to the working class better.

    You've very quickly forgotten how Democrats almost unanimously put down Mitt Romney for his personal success... something you are now accusing Republicans of doing toward Hillary, which as I explained, they are not. The pendulum swings both directions.

    Hillary actually lost a lot of respect as First Lady by putting up with a husband who openly cheated on her. By doing so, she allowed herself to be additionally humiliated.

    She seemed to be a good mother. But what specifically did she do as a mother that was "exemplary"... as you stated?

    And as far as being "one of the most astounding Secretaries of State this country has ever had", please name a few specific reasons for that claim.
    What specifically did she accomplish? What countries did the USA have better relations with as a result of her service? I or anyone else I've asked can't name any.

    You give accolades very easily.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 10, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Chris B -

    "You're making things up, which goes to show how weak your argument is. "

    No Chris, YOU are making things up AGAIN, which hoes to show how weak your arguments usuallay are.

    Hillary Clinton's mother worked as a maid. Hillary was hardly a child a of privilege.

    And Liberals do not disdain the one percenters, as long as they have a social conscience as Hillary and many others obviously do.

    Maybe, YOU should stop making things up.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 10, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    @ Esquire:

    Funny how you apparently neglected to read the article. Please name even a single Republican who is "begrudging the success of both the Clintons" as you stated.
    They are simply begrudging Hillary trying to pass herself off as "a broke person who has had a hard life" (at $200,000 per speech and millions for each book).

    Republicans don't begrudge anyone's personal success. They admire it. That is the purpose and basis of a free capitalistic society upon which our country was founded. They (we) cherish the fact that upward mobility is possible for those willing to work for it. Obama is trying to change all that with his war on wealth and his agenda of socialism.

    Regarding your statement that "Republicans worship the silver spoon boy Romney"... who specifically is doing that? Do you even know what the "silver spoon" acronym means? Romney made every dollar he has. He never had any of it given to him via inheritance. I truly admire that, as should we all.

    It's actually quite humorous how you are trying to turn this all around. Either that or you truly just don't get it.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:40 p.m.

    Copacetic said:

    "And as far as being 'one of the most astounding Secretaries of State this country has ever had', please name a few specific reasons for that claim.
    What specifically did she accomplish? What countries did the USA have better relations with as a result of her service? I or anyone else I've asked can't name any."

    =====

    Hillary seems to think that one of her accomplishments as Secretary of State, was the number of miles she traveled. I guess, if we want to be generous, we could at least give her the title of: "Most Traveled Secretary of State." She didn't accomplish anything, but boy she put in a lot of miles!

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 10, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    Sven -

    "Most Traveled Secretary of State." She didn't accomplish anything . . ."

    You're just disappointed that she didn't help mire the nation into senseless wars like her predecessor did.

    Sorry Sven . . . "Conservatives" don't always get their way.

    Thank goodness.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:19 p.m.

    You know, as the Most Traveled Secretary of State, I'm wondering what her carbon footprint was? Seems like an awful large carbon footprint and nothing to show for it.

    Oh wait, I almost forgot! One of her greatest diplomatic achievements, which showed the world the seriousness of the Obama Administration's commitment to strong foreign policy was when she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a “reset” button in 2009. This definitely moved us up a few notches in the world's eyes.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    June 10, 2014 9:14 p.m.

    Wow guys!

    The poor woman is not even the president yet and you are all over her. Give her a break.

    Oops! Silly me, I forgot you are Republicans!

    No ill will, but come on. Be more civilized. When Mrs. Clinton becomes Madame President, I hope you show some better manners.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 10, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    Hmm?

    * Dead broke when they left the White House--yet buys a house costing over a million dollars in New York.

    * Was under gun fire in Bosnia.---Not true!

    Is it a requirement to be untruthful, if you want to be president?

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    June 11, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Esquire: "Funny how Republicans begrudge the success of both the Clintons, both coming from humble circumstances, but worship the silver spoon boy Romney."

    If we were truly begrudging the success of the Clintons as liberals did to Romney, then conservatives would be as hypocritical as the Democrats. But we don't begrudge their success if it was really earned.

    What we begrudge is the idea that you can be really successful but claim to be poor while demanding income redistribution policies that apply to everyone but yourself in order to get elected.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 11, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Hold on, I thought Hillary and Bill pawned all the fixtures they and their minions stole from the White House after they left.

    Oh yea, by the way. My betting that Mitt's missionary service brought him closer to any "working man" than the Clinton's ever have. Same thing with his going to school. But then he was a good student so he may have gotten scholarships.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 11, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    Article title: "Hillary Clinton says she understands 'hard life'"

    If you believe that I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you AND some ocean front property here in Oklahoma....

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 11, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    @ Lane Myer - Salt Lake City, UT - "But she is trying to say that she and Bill knew hard times just 14 years ago. Give me a break. Truth means very little to politicians in general and to the Clintons in particular."

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    "...If I own a house that costs 1.4 million but owed lawyers 2.3 million, I too would think I was broke and get to work to pay off the debt. They did. She became a senator and Bill started speaking for money. They paid off their debts - they did not ask for a handout from anyone, but worked together and paid off their debts. That took patience and desire. The Clintons are a good example of pulling themselves up by their own hard work, right?....I would call owing a million more than you have in assets as being broke, wouldn't you?"

    Me: Well, let's see.....if I could make $200,000 per speaking engagement that means I could pay off that $900,000 ($1.4M - $2.3M) in only 5 days (1 event per day) and by the end of that 5th day be $100,000 in the black.

    Broke? Uh, no.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 11, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    I forgot the Clinton's took White House furniture which were not theirs.

    Must have been dead broke to do that.

  • Kay Hunt Celebration, FL
    June 13, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    I heard the comment that Mrs. Clinton made. She said,"They left the White House flat broke, mortgages on houses and trying to pay for a college education for Chelsea" I believe her. They were in debt. It was my understanding that they had a boat load of debt. They did not own the houses outright but had to make payment like most of the rest of us. I am sure that their net worth was trash. Were they in a place where they were going to be able to get out of debt? YES. But it took hard work, speaking engagements, books to write etc. To say other wise is stupid. And as for Mitt and his wealth. Give me a break the Romney's lived in a basement apartment and sold shares of stock to make ends meet. Wow wish I had stock to sell when I was poor and going to college.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    June 14, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    She will give Obama a run for liar of the year award.