Hillary Clinton talks Benghazi, Monica Lewinsky to kick off 'Hard Choices' book tour

By Daniel S Levine,

Hillary Clinton’s first interview as part of her Hard Choices book tour aired on ABC last night, showing Clinton outlining her positions and getting ready to face questions on the 2016 presidential race, Benghazi and her time as Secretary of State. ABC News’ Diane Sawyer asked her about all those topics and the answers are being dissected in Washington today.

When it comes to Lewinsky, Clinton is ready to move on from that scandal, which came to the forefront again after Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair piece. She told People Magazine this month that she needs to look to the future and reiterated that to Sawyer.

“She is perfectly free to do that,” Clinton said of the Vanity Fair piece, notes CNN. “She is, in my view, an American who gets to express herself however she chooses. But that is not something I spend a lot of time thinking about.”

Sawyer spent most of her time on the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Clinton said she doesn’t like the politicizing of the event, which lead to the deaths of four Americans.

“That's not what we used to do in this country. When 258 Americans were killed in Beirut in two separate attacks, people mourned,” she noted. “People were shocked. Decisions were made. Bring them out. You know, strengthen the embassy.”

Clinton explained that Benghazi is an even “more of a reason to run” for president. She explained, “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.”

While Clinton has said that she didn’t fix situations, she believes that her work at the State Department helped push the U.S. closer to success. When it comes to Iran, the U.S. is in a “better (position) than what we inherited.”

In addition, Clinton looked back at 2008 and why she lost. She said that she didn’t call out sexism in politics and the double standard.

“I think part of what I did not do was to be more clear in saying, 'Look, this is a problem in our country,” she recalled. “And people [ought to] think about their own daughters, their own sisters, their own mothers when they make comments about women in public life, whether they're in politics or the media or anywhere else.'”

Clinton’s Hard Choices was released today.

image courtesy of Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com

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