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Hillary Clinton: I Don’t Need Bill to Defend Me

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Mario Tama—Getty Images Former President Bill Clinton (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton look on after Hillary spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 25, 2009 in New York City.

"I don't need anybody to defend my record"

Hillary Clinton doesn’t need Bill to defend her.

That’s what the former Secretary of State said in a new interview with PBS NewsHour airing Wednesday. Her comments came after former President Bill Clinton defended remarks by the 2016 presidential contender about the family’s financial situation that critics have said show she’s out of touch with average Americans. “She’s not out of touch,” Bill Clinton said.

“My husband was very sweet today, but I don’t need anybody to defend my record, I think my record speaks for itself,” Hillary Clinton told PBS.

Still, she acknowledged some missteps in how she’s discussed her considerable wealth while on tour for her new book Hard Choices. She recently said she and Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House in 2001.

“I shouldn’t have said the five or so words that I said, but my unartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am, what I’ve stood for my entire life, what I stand for today,” Clinton said.

Clinton, who has said she won’t decide whether to run for president again until later this year, said “you have to be a little bit crazy to run.”

“I’ve had people come through the line who tell me their stories about losing their job, about what’s happened since they got health care that has helped them, and I hear this, so I know that my life of service is the biggest reason why I would consider doing this, because I would want to continue serving,” Clinton said. “But I also know that it’s a very hard job, and it’s a job that, you know, you have to be totally consumed by, and that’s kind of the definition of being a little bit crazy, I think.”

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