Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she’s done with political candidacy, but she’s still passionate about politics, noting she’s “literally” concerned for the country.
Clinton’s new book “What Happened,” in which she documents her experiences during the 2016 presidential race, will soon be released. While she and former President Bill Clinton are set to push the offering during a press tour, she spoke alone to Jane Pauley on this weekends’ edition of “CBS Sunday Morning.” (video below)
“Is your political career over?” Jane Pauley asked Clinton.
“Yes,” Clinton responded. “As an active politician, it’s over.”
She further clarified: “I am done with being a candidate. But I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
Despite the sound defeat President Trump handed her in the election, Clinton told Pauley she takes pride in the campaign she ran, compared to the one Trump ran. Clinton, who along with her allies spent a record high $1.2 billion during her more “traditional” campaign, lost to Donald Trump, who spent around $600 million with his allies, according to a New York Post report.
While Clinton says she ultimately takes responsibility for the defeat, she says outside factors, such as alleged Russian election meddling and the federal probe into her private email server, played a role.
“We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, ‘Boy, it’s so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea.’ Well, yeah, because it’s not a show. It’s real. It’s reality for sure,” she said, mocking the sitting president.
Clinton’s concern for the country comes a little too late for some, who refused to vote for her after the Benghazi debacle.
Clinton was the Secretary of State in 2012 when members of a militant group called Ansar al-Shariamounted a coordinated attack against two United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.
A lawsuit mounted after the incident accused Clinton of negligence, which directly contributed to the deaths of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, in addition to two other Americans. The lawsuit said their deaths were “directly and proximately caused, at a minimum” by Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
According to the document, “As a direct result of Defendant Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.”
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson dismissed the wrongful death portion of the suit on technical grounds, ruling that Clinton used her email in the course of her official duties.
Others have criticized then Secretary of State Clinton for her response time during the attacks, and for the way she handed the aftermath.
Approximately 3 hours into the attack, while brave Americans were fighting for their lives, a meeting was held at the White House with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in attendance.
Following that meeting, Clinton issued a statement from the administration: “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.”
Around the same time, she sent an email to her daughter acknowledging two American officers were killed in Benghazi “by an Al Queda-like group” and the following day, Clinton told Egypt’s prime minister, “We know that the attacks in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack – not a protest.”
In the interview with Pauley, Clinton describes her actions after her loss, and her comments about politics, in the video below.
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