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RNC chief: Voters getting ‘Hillary fatigue’

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that voters are getting “Hillary fatigue” in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

“There’s Hillary fatigue growing out there, it’s setting in, people are tired of this story,” Priebus said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I just happen to believe that this early run for the White House is going to come back and bite them, and it already is. People are tired of it.”

{mosads}Hillary Clinton has not formerly announced whether she will run for president again in 2016, as she’s said to be weighing her options. But the former first lady and secretary of State is widely expected to run, with many pegging her as the favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

Earlier this month, however, Clinton stumbled when talking about her finances in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, when she claimed she and former President Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

Critics jumped on the comments, pointing out that the Clintons have since amassed a fortune of more than $100 million, due in large part to book deals and hefty speaking fees of more than $200,000 per speech. Earlier this week, a group of students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas asked Clinton to return a $225,000 speaking fee the school agreed to give her for an upcoming speech in October.

Priebus said all the focus on the Clintons’ finances has made Hillary seem out of touch with average families.

“When you are perceived as being out of touch with people that are struggling, with people that are out there working hard, I don’t think flying on private jets and collecting $250,000 for a speech is considered to be hard work,” Priebus said.

“So people respect folks that earn their money and work hard and they become rich, but when you talk about being ‘dead broke,’ when you try to make believe that you understand how average people live, but you’ve made $105 million giving speeches, I think people are kind of tired of this show quite frankly,” he added.  

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