Hillary Clinton: Benghazi Backlash ‘More of a Reason’ to Run in 2016


During the interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer set to air in primetime tonight, Hillary Clinton said criticism over her handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya gives her “more of a reason” to run for president in 2016 than a reason not to.

“Actually, it’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton said, according to a transcript. “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.”

During the 9 p.m. special tonight, in which Clinton will be promoting her new memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton stressed that she does not think there was anything more she could have done to stop the Benghazi attack.

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“Well, I certainly would give anything on earth if this had not happened,” she said. “And I certainly would wish that we had made some of the changes that came to our attention to make as a result of the investigation. But I also am clear in my own mind that we had a system and that system, of course, ended with me. I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.”

Going into more detail about her role in the response to the attack than she has in previous interviews, Clinton said, “What I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security. 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. That’s why we hire people who have that expertise.”

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