According to Hillary Clinton, her and Bill left the White House “dead broke”.
The NY Daily News:
In an ABC News interview broadcast Monday, Hillary Clinton defended the speaking fees she and Bill reel in, saying, “We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt.”
“We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy,” she added.
She also said that Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, “is more of a reason” for her to run for President in 2016.
“I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton said. “I view this as really apart from — even a diversion from — the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”
Since leaving the State Department in February 2013, she has been paid $200,000 per speech. She has appeared before some groups for free.