Clinton says Benghazi probes won't deter possible White House bid
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[June 10, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary
Clinton said the latest round of congressional investigations into the
2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, would not
deter her from seeking the presidency.
"Actually, it is more of a reason to run because I do not believe
our great country should be playing minor league ball," Clinton told
"We ought to be in the majors. And I view this as really apart from,
even a diversion from the hard work that the Congress should be
doing about the problems facing our country and the world," Clinton
said in a televised excerpt from an interview airing on Monday with
ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
Republicans have accused Clinton, who was then secretary of State,
of not doing more to ensure the safety of Americans in Benghazi.
Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in
In the ABC interview, broadcast on the eve of the publication of her
memoir, "Hard Choices," Clinton said she was "ultimately responsible
for my people's safety." But pressed on whether there was more she
could have done, she said there were limits.
"I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where
the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be,"
she said. "That's why we hire people who have that expertise."
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Clinton, who is widely considered the Democratic front-runner if she
enters the 2016 White House race, said she would decide on a
possible presidential bid "when it feels right for me to decide."
Asked if it were likely she would not announce a decision until next
year, she replied: "I'm not positive about that. But that's probably
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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