Laconia, New Hampshire (CNN)Prospective Republican White House candidate Scott Walker on Friday accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of wanting to live by different rules than other Americans, after the former President hit out at negative stories that have dogged his foundation.
Walker jabs Clintons over foundation claims
The Wisconsin governor told reporters aboard a boat cruise with Republican activists in New Hampshire that the controversy around the foundation's funding and donors, as well as a storm over a private email account Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, meant that there would be a "sharp" contrast between the Republican and "likely" Democratic nominee in next year's election.
"I think it is part of an overall narrative where you see out of Hillary Clinton, whether it is the emails, whether it is the issue about the Clinton global foundation or other things related to that. You see the Clintons think there is one set of rules for them and something different from the rest of us in America."
"I think that shows a huge disconnect for the American people, I think they want their elected officials to be accountable to the American public."
The Clinton foundation has been a flashpoint for controversy in the early days of Hillary Clinton's campaign. From their solicitation of foreign and corporate donations to mistakes made in disclosing speech revenue and tax filings, the foundation has been portrayed as a way for the Clintons to enrich themselves by selling influence.
But Bill Clinton said Friday that the negative stories about the foundation amounted to political attacks designed to harm his wife's presidential campaign.
"As you all know, it's the political season in America, so the purpose and impact of the efforts your support makes possible has largely been ignored in recent coverage of the foundation," Clinton wrote in a letter to the foundation's 300,000 donors.
"But we are and always have been a nonpartisan, inclusive foundation with lots of support from and involvement by people across the political spectrum and governments from right to left, all committed to our creative solutions-centered work."