Emanuel to Clinton: ‘Dead Broke, Really?’

President Barack Obama, center, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this April 11, 2010 file photo in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, center, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this April 11, 2010 file photo in Washington, DC.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top adviser to both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, chided Hillary Clinton today for comments this week about her family’s financial struggles in the 1990s.

“I’ve been reading lot about the kickoff of the book tour, Hillary, ‘dead broke,’ really?” Emanuel asked in an interview he conducted with Clinton on a theater stage in Chicago a day after the release of her memoir “Hard Choices.”

“It may not have been the most artful way of saying that, you know, Bill and I have gone through a lot of different phases in our lives,” she responded. “That was then, this is now, and obviously we are very fortunate. We’ve been given great opportunities.”

Clinton has been on the defensive after telling ABC News that she and her husband were “dead broke” when his presidential term ended in 2000 and that they’ve had to work hard to pay their debts and bills. The Clintons own multiple homes and the former New York senator in 2000 agreed to an $8 million advance from Simon & Schuster for a memoir of her time as first lady.

Republicans have pounced on the gaffe and her comments have inspired Twitter users to include #HillaryIsSoPoor on their posts. The stumble also has raised worries among some Democrats that Clinton, who is considering running for the presidency in 2016, is out of touch with Americans and out of practice on the campaign trail.

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