Bill Clinton says he will stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins –

Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York

After a number of low-key visits to crucial primary states, Mrs Clinton is due to formally launch her campaign with a rally in New York on Saturday.

Asked whether he would keep giving paid speeches if Hillary Clinton entered the White House, he said: “No. I don’t think so. I don’t think that – because once you get to be president then you’re just making a daily story.”

In an interview with CNN at the conference, Mr Clinton gave one of his lengthiest rebuttals yet of allegations Hillary Clinton gave favorable treatment to donors to the family’s charities while she was US Secretary of State.

“No one has ever asked me for anything,” he said of the foundation’s donors.

Mr Clinton said he did not know whether foreign governments, companies and other foundation donors were seeking anything in return beyond supporting philanthropy.

“And I don’t think Hillary would know, either,” he said. “She was pretty busy those years. I never saw her study a list of my contributors, and I had no idea who was doing business before the State Department.”

Journalists and political opponents have failed to turn up any proof that Mrs Clinton’s State Department sold favours. The Clintons dismiss the allegations as politically motivated.

But an increasing number of Americans have said they find Hillary Clinton untrustworthy in polls.

“Yeah, but I mean we’re used to it,” said her husband.

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He described Hillary Clinton as “the rock” of his family and said he believed that Americans would come to learn more about that side of her.

“I trust her with my life and have on more than one occasion,” he said. “And I don’t mean I was facing physical death,” he added in the interview, which CNN said it would broadcast on Sunday.


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