Hillary Clinton said late Wednesday that comparing her to Mitt Romney is a "false equivalency" while pushing back on the idea she is out of touch because of her wealth.
In an interview on PBS, Clinton said people are taking her words out of context in order to paint a caricature that does not fit with reality.
“Well, there's — that's a false equivalency," she said when PBS's Gwen Ifill noted that sometimes the caricature sticks, as in the case with the former GOP presidential nominee.
Since the start of her book tour, Clinton has pushed back on early comments that she and her husband Bill Clinton were "dead broke" when they left the White House, while defending large speaking fees the couple brings in.
In a Guardian interview, Clinton said it is possible for her to talk about income inequality because she was not raised in wealth and made her money through "dint of hard work."
She added: "they don’t see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off."
Democrats continuously attempted to paint Romney as out of touch with regular voters because of his extreme wealth during the 2012 campaign. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a number of unsubstantiated allegations that Romney failed to pay taxes for 10 years at the time.
Clinton said she has fought her entire life for increases in the minimum wage, paid family leave and equal pay for women.
"Well, look, I shouldn't have said the, I think, five or so words that I said, but my inartful use of those few words doesn't change who I am, what I've stood for my entire life, what I stand for today," she said.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his wife earlier this week against claims she is out of touch. She said her husband's comments were "sweet" but she does not need anyone to defend her record.
"Well, I think if you come from where I came from and where I have always been, I've always been reaching out," she said, listing her time in the Senate and at the State Department.