Fox News' Hill criticizes Clinton for leaving too large a tip, accuses her of "spending like a Learjet liberal"

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On the November 9 edition of Fox News Live, host E.D. Hill said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is "spending like a Learjet liberal on the campaign trail" because her campaign said it left a $100 tip for a $157 bill at a restaurant in Iowa, adding that the big tip "just plays into what people say about liberals." Hill also said, "You know what the rap is against the Democratic Party -- that it's out of touch with reality. It talks about the common man, but every time you look, there's [former Sen.] John Edwards [D-NC] getting a $400 haircut, or Senator -- Vice President [Al] Gore living in a house that consumes 20 times the energy of a regular house."

Additionally, Fox News senior business correspondent Brenda Buttner told Hill, "Obviously, because apparently the first time, there was no tip, and you know, I don't even want to go into the whole story." The New York Times reported November 9, however, that after National Public Radio broadcast a report saying the Clinton campaign had not left a tip, "Clinton's campaign responded by saying the candidate and her aides had in fact left a tip: $100 on a $157 check at the diner. The restaurant manager, Brad Crawford, confirmed in interviews, including with The New York Times, that Mrs. Clinton, of New York, and her retinue had indeed left a tip, though he did not say how much."

Contrary to Hill's suggestion, "liberal" candidates are not the only big tippers. The New York Post reported in 2000 that, after Clinton left a restaurant without tipping the server -- her bill had been paid by the restaurant's owner -- and then called the server to apologize, then Mayor Rudy Giuliani, her opponent in the Senate race, "Feeding on his Democratic rival's non-tip flap ... left a whopping 70 percent tip at a Long Island restaurant." The Post reported further: "Giuliani paid the $35 tab at the Golden Dolphin Diner in Huntington with three $20 bills and told the server to keep the change."

From the 2 p.m. ET hour of the November 9 edition of Fox News Live:

HILL: Hillary Clinton says that America can't afford all her ideas, but that is not stopping her from spending like a Learjet liberal on the campaign trail -- it just plays into what people say about liberals. OK, think about this. You go to a restaurant and you spend $157 for burgers and shakes -- you got a big group of people. What would you tip? A $157 bill. What would you tip? Well, if you tipped 18 percent, it would be about $28 and change. That's what I think most people would do, right? Well, Hillary Clinton apparently got very good service and -- so she gave a $100 tip. A $157 bill, a $100 tip, that is 64 percent. Not bad. And by the way, that information is from her spokesperson. Apparently they were proud of this huge tip of campaign cash. It seems that more and more people have their hands out.

So, how much should you tip? Senior business correspondent Brenda Buttner is here. Because I figured maybe, you know, maybe I'm just out of the loop here, you know --

BUTTNER: No, I'm sorry, I'm going to go work for the D.C. government. I'll see you later, OK?

HILL: Can I go shopping with you?

BUTTNER: Neiman's, here I come.

HILL: I know. At this point, though --

BUTTNER: I wonder how much she tipped.

HILL: At this point, though, it sounds like working at this diner that she stopped at in Iowa might be just as profitable.

BUTTNER: Oh my gosh. In mean, it's so interesting. Yes, she tipped way more than the guidelines say, but honestly, this is a personal matter. And I have to admit, I'm not a liberal at all, but I have tipped on the order of that 64 percent sometimes to people that, you know, see all the time or that did an amazing job for you.

HILL: Yeah, but you make a lot of money.

BUTTNER: Well, no, I -- no, that's actually not true. And what's very interesting -- I do make -- what am I supposed to say?

HILL: A decent -- you must make a decent amount.

BUTTNER: I'm lucky to have my job, OK?

HILL: That's right.

BUTTNER: There we go. Listening, Neil [Cavuto, Fox News managing editor for business news and Your World host]?

HILL: But regular people look at this and think --

BUTTNER: Yes.

HILL: -- and you know what the rap is against the Democratic Party -- that it's out of touch with reality. It talks about the common man, but every time you look, there's John Edwards getting a $400 haircut --

BUTTNER: Yes, absolutely.

HILL: -- or Senator -- Vice President Gore living in a house that consumes 20 times the energy of a regular house. I mean, it just doesn't make sense --

BUTTNER: Well, there were political --

HILL: And then you see this --

BUTTNER: --considerations. Obviously, because apparently the first time, there was no tip, and you know, I don't even want to go into the whole story. But the truth -- something that's very interesting is that people who make less money usually tip more than rich people, which I think --

HILL: Really?

BUTTNER: -- they're more generous. I think they understand --

HILL: Maybe that's why they're rich.

BUTTNER: Well, maybe. Or perhaps they understand how hard it is to be a waitress or whatever. I mean, you and I have both done that --

HILL: Yes.

BUTTNER: -- and we remember the people who, you know, would leave you five cents or whatever. So --

HILL: I got better tips taking grocery bags out -- because I worked as a cashier at the grocery store, too, at the Tom Thumb --

BUTTNER: Yes.

HILL: -- better tips doing that than waitressing sometimes. So, people with less money tip more; people with more money tip less.

BUTTNER: Yeah, but on general, you know, 20 percent is a very, very healthy tip for anybody in the restaurant business. And it's kind of expected -- it's pre-tax, though, remember that.

HILL: I'll tell you what. Next time you see the Clinton campaign come into the diner, and it's during the political season --

BUTTNER: Sign up!

HILL: Yeah. They're all going around to all these little places. You make sure you are the waitress waitin' on her --

BUTTNER: That is a good idea.

HILL: -- because that is a good customer.

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