Clinton defends marriage, tells critics to ‘mind their own business’
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"People say, 'Oh, they have an arrangement.' Yeah, it's called a marriage," the former Democratic presidential nominee told the hosts of "The View" on Wednesday while promoting her new memoir, "What Happened."

Clinton’s comments came after "View" co-host Sunny Hostin said, "The Republican Party bills itself as the party of family values. However, many Republicans have been very critical of your staying in your marriage. They say that it's a marriage of political convenience."

"What's your response? Why did you stay in your marriage?" Hostin asked.

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"There have been a lot more happy days than sad or angry days," Clinton said. "And I am very proud and grateful that I am married to my best friend — that he has been my biggest source of encouragement and support over all the years, many more than some of you have been alive that we have been together."

"It's important for people to recognize, also, that this whole idea of, as you started out, saying 'family values' can be used as such a sword to hurt people," Clinton said.

"Often times nobody really knows what's the fact," the former secretary of State added. "I think it's time we really tried to support people in their decisions and give them more understanding and compassion."

"Mind their own business," co-host Joy Behar exclaimed.

"Mind their own business," Clinton agreed.

The Clintons, who tied the knot in 1975, have seen their marriage serve as an endless source of speculation and fascination over the years. Their relationship was under an especially blistering spotlight during Bill Clinton's sex scandal with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky that dominated headlines in the 1990s.