The former U.S. President Bill Clinton has declared that he intends to continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president.
Mr Clinton and the Clinton charitable foundation have come under fire with people Hillary Clinton coming under question as her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.
As Hillary Clinton gets her own presidential candidacy underway her husband is working to play down the influence of the foundation and how it could possible effect Hillary Clinton if she comes to office.
Bill Clinton said that he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president, according to Reuters.
The Clintons’ political opponents have criticised the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.
Speaking to NBC news, Bill Clinton said: “I gotta pay our bills”.
It has been widely reported in the past that Bill Clinton can charge up to $500,000 or more for giving a speech but Bill Clinton claims that he does not do every speech that he is asked to give.
He told NBC: “We do our best to vet them. And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there’s something wrong with it, I don’t take it.”
According to a report by Reuters, the decision of Bill Clinton to emerge from the side lines and speak out about the Clinton Foundation reflects concerns about getting Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination back on a sound footing after it took a pounding in recent weeks.
While Hillary Clinton works to present herself as the candidate for the average American her campaign team has been forced into overdrive to fend off questions about foreign donations to the family’s charitable organisation and whether her work as President Barack Obama’s first-term secretary of state was influenced by the donations.
In a bid to make Hillary Clinton appear more transparent her campaign team have announced that they intend to launch a website called “The Briefing”, which it described as a “one-stop shop to provide the facts about Hillary Clinton’s positions and her record.”
According to Reuters, campaign Chairman John Podesta said in an Internet posting that the website would provide the public with direct access to Clinton’s policy agenda “as well as the facts needed to debunk false attacks.”