- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2014

As Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton fend off criticism for being “out of touch” with the middle class, the former president bragged Wednesday about a trip he made to a Detroit-area watchmaker in which he bought 14 watches at $550 each to hand out to his friends.

Mr. Clinton spoke at a Denver meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, where the moderator asked him about a trip he made in April to Shinola’s Detroit headquarters, The Daily Caller reported.

“I don’t know how many you bought, Mr. President — 20, 30 of these watches? Whatever it was?” the moderator asked playfully.

“My group did. I bought 14 of them that month,” Mr. Clinton replied.

“Oh, you really did?” the moderator asked.

“Yeah, and two different rugs,” Mr. Clinton said. “I bought five at Christmas and nine when I was there, and I just give ‘em away and hope I make you more customers.”

The moderator laughed and turned to the audience.

“I had no idea, I thought I was just pulling his leg,” he said, receiving applause.

Mrs. Clinton has come under fire in recent weeks for saying she and her husband were “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2001.

Mr. Clinton jumped to her defense on Tuesday, saying that the potential presidential candidate is “not out of touch.”

“It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt,” he told NBC News’ David Gregory, in an interview to air Sunday, Reuters reported.