Hillary Clinton Says She 'Maybe Missed a Few Chances' During Presidential Campaign

Saul Bowman
September 11, 2017

On CBS' "This Morning", Clinton said she is doing well but not "complacent or resolved about what happened".

She told Pauley she was "gob-smacked" by her defeat in the 2016 election, but was proud nevertheless of her effort.

Clinton's latest book, What Happened, will be released Tuesday.

Among the interview's many talking points...

She said she had been prepped for that possibility, but once on camera, in front of tens of millions with Trump "scowling and leering" behind her, she faced a choice of either being "presidential" about it, or "Do I wheel around and say get out of my space, back up you creep!" "It doesn't fit into the stereotypes we all carry around in our heads". And a lot of the sexism and misogyny was in service of these attitudes like: "We really don't want a woman commander and chief". As for her challenger?

"Millions of white people, yeah", Clinton replied. But privately, Hillary says, she was crushed.

"Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner", she said, citing the Access Hollywood tape. It did not matter to them.


Clinton said one of her biggest regrets was not speaking to the "resentment" of white voters. He says, 'Boy, it's so much harder than I thought it would be. "It was a ideal storm". Pauley claimed that energized Trump's base, as if the decades of Clinton corruption wasn't energizing enough. "But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers, not to try to fan it".

Before CBS played the interview, Pauley did disclose that CBS owns the company that was publishing Clinton's book. "Maybe some right-wing commentators [and] right-wing members of Congress".

Indeed, in excerpts of her book that have leaked, Clinton takes swipes at many Democrats, including rivals like Sen. But she also blames Russian election interference, and extraordinary decisions by then-FBI director James Comey to reopen an investigation into her emails.

"Why do you think that word "deplorable" was circulating in your mind?"

The former NY senator and USA secretary of state vowed to remain a political advocate, but said she would not seek elected office again. "Former presidents and first ladies show up". It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government.

'I had not drafted a concession speech, ' she admitted. Do I act like a president? "I'm sorry I gave them a political gift of any kind, but I don't think it was determinative", said Clinton.

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