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trump and here it is. this is the story of my mother, hillary clinton. >> the most famous woman in the world. >> i don't remember a siem when my mom wasn't being attacked. >> i think there is a lot of scar tissue. >> human rights, womens rights and womens rights are human rights. >> and it shows what a total hell it is. >> will you explain the e-mails?
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>> and making history. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> he is not the evil person. >> there are so many versions of you out there. >> who is the real hillary clinton? a cnn special reported, unfinished business, the essential hillary clinton. hillary clinton sale, folks. >> in june of 2008 after a year and a half long campaign hundreds of hillary clinton's friends and supporters gathered in the nation's capital. >> it was like running seven eighths of the race. you could see that finish line and you knew you weren't going
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to cross it. it was surprisingly emotional for all of us. >> the woman who many hoped would make history as the country's first female president had fallen short. >> she was surrounded by her daughter. on the other side of her was her mother. >> well, this isn't exactly the party i planned but i sure like the company. >> yeah. >>. [ cheers and applause ] >> i did feel as if i was standing there at another step in history. my grandmother was born before women had the right to vote and she lived long enough to vote for her daughter for president. that to me is an amazing american ark. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time thanks to you it has about 18 million
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cracks in it. >> i think that hillary clinton is a fighter, first and foremost. we knew that this was not going to be the last chapter. >> always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in. when you stumble, keep faith and when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on. >> these are the lessons that have guided hillary clinton throughout her life, lessons she first learned as a young girl from her mother, dorthy. >> i did not know how hard her childhood had been until i was a teenager. when i was growing up she was just my mom. >> abandoned by her own parents she survived a heroing
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childhood. >> it was very humbling. i often wondered, how would i be able to cope with being abandoned and reject bid my parents, grandparents, not being able to go to college, all of the struggles that she had. out of that she speesed together what she wanted do as a mother. i was the beneficiary of that. she was an absolutely fabulous mother. . >> so this is where hillary grew up? >> this is where we grew up. parkridge, illinois, salt of the earth, a town that took a great deal of pride in middle class values. >> the conservative nearly all white is where hugh and dorthy
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would raise their children. >> on this corner we would play baseball and the manhole covers were the bases. >> in addition to baseball they say hillary loved a good debate. >> hill's dad, he loved nothing better than to throw out a topic where he would go no way. i think we all learned to debate from sitting around their dinner table. >> but according to carl bernsteen he was known to turn family dinner table debates into something much less palletable. >> he would call on hillary and call on her brothers and then hillary's mother would try to express herself and he would say what the hell do you know miss fancy pants? he was kind of vicious. >> how tough was he as a father? >> he was tough. he was a man of his time. he had been a chief petty
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officer in world war ii training thousands of young sailors to go off mostly to the pacific. my dad was very old fashioned. if i bring home a good report card he would say oh, you must go to an easy school. he was always trying to push me further than i might go. >> her mother taught her no matter what was standing? her way she could always push through. >> one day she took a carpenter's level. while all held can be breaking lose around you when you're like this and like that you want to come back to center. >> part of finding that center was religion. >> her faith and prayer were a foundation she could always return to. it has served her very well at difficult times in her life.
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>> dorthy was a sunday schoolteacher where hitly would meet her mentor, don jones. >> not only did he preach the gospels of christ, he also came with bob dylan records and most significantly he took them downtown to hear martin luther king speak. >> meeting dr. king was transformative for hillary who had rarely made it outside the confines of park ridge. >> here is a white kid growing up in an all white suburb who actually gets a chang to hear one of the leaders and then shake hands. what an unbelievable experience. >> an experience that would also mark the beginning of hillary's political evolution. >> she and i were gold water
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girls in park ridge. they set up the republicans for gold water. then we went away to college. >> in the fall of 1965 hillary arrived at an elite all womens school outside boston. >> it because huge change. suddenly she was at wellsly. hillary's upbringing had been very sheltered compared to these gir gir girls. >> janet quickly bonned with hillary. >> i found her to be friendly and easy to get along with. >> when hillary was at college she was very popular. it was popularity that results from exercising leadership and being successful at exercising leadership. >> allen was hillary's political science professor and faculty adviser. >> she was very interested in the major issues of the major
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era. >> issues that would push hillary to abandon her republican roots and begin leading the way for change. >> she was no doubt the leader of not just the senior class but the entire college. >> it was that which lead her classmates insist hillary be their voice at graduation. >> there was no tradition of a student speaker but the student body insists that there be one and they chose hillary. >> she was scheduled to speak at the commencement after the invited guest. >> he gave a speech that was dismissive and patronizing about the anti war movement, about what students were going through in the country. >> there was polite applause but mostly from our parents. then hillary spoke. and it is a great pleasure to
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present to this audience miss hillary rodham. >> she prepared her remarks. >> we have had lots of empathy and sifrp think. the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. >> while the administration was stricken by hillary's rebuttal the students erupted in applause. >> we were ecstatic. we gave her a standing ovation we were so proud of her. >> the following week hillary made national headlines for the very first time. >> it got tremendous attention. life magazine did a story on her and her political future. >> and her future appeared wide
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open. >> someone put a piece of paper in the dorm. they predicted i would mary a football player. the only thing written about hillary is she would be the first female president of the united states, 1969. she said bill asked me to marry him again but i'm afraid if i say no he will never ask me again.
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the 60s and the civil rights movement had changed lotting of people absolutely. >> including hillary rodham who had just enrolled at yal erkts law school and caught the attention of people like nancy. >> the thing that was most different about her was this focus on children. she was focused on women and children, childrens welfare from the first. she never deviated from that at
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all, ever. >> perhaps the only thing that would break hillary's focus during her time at yale was the gaze of a law student, a smooth talking scholar. >> he was tall, 6'2" and this head of frizzy sort of hair. he had an accent. >> did he make his political ambitions known? >> absolutely. i remember he had been at law school maybe two or three days and we went through the line in the lunchroom and he knew all of the servers, called them by name. >> but it wasn't until the spring of 1971 in the yale library that he would learn the name of the young woman who would change everything. years later hillary recounted the exact moment. >> i said if you're going to keep looking at me and i'm going
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to keep looking at you we should know each other. i said i'm hillary rodham who are you? he says he can't remember his name. it makes me feel so good. >> what were they like together? >> yin and yang. he saw someone utterly disciplined and persistent. i think he saw someone who is exciting and emotional. since they both cared about public policy it was a terrific combination. >> a combination so special that soon bill would ask hillary for her hand in marriage for the first time. >> what was holding you back initially when bill clinton was asking you to marry him? >> i hadn't thought about getting married. i was clearly in love but i wasn't quite ready to commit to
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marriage. i also didn't know what i wanted to do. it was very clear what bill wanted to do. i thought before i get married i should know what i want to do. so i said no that first time. he came back and asked me again. i said i'm still not ready. >> so instead of tieing the knot and moving to arkansas hillary followed her passion to massachusetts and went to work for her mentor, maryann wright. >> my work showed me how much we needed to do to help abused and neglected kids, all kinds of problems. i was fixated on what we could do as advocates to make changes. >> everything she did she did very well. i trusted her to send her out to do any bit of research, whether it was basic research. hillary was always a star. but soon another opportunity
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immerged that gave hillary a front row seat to history. >> what did the president know and when did he know it? >> hillary moved to washington d.c. to work on the investigation into president nixon's impeachment and called her friend looking for a place to stay. >> so she moved in with all of her junk and hillary and i really became sort of like roommates. >> was she a good roommate? >> she doesn't appreciate my telling this story but i'll tell it anyway. she never made her bed and that really got me. >> did you ever tell her. >> i said hillary, for crying out loud, hillary, make your bed. zwl did she ever make her bed? >> no. she never made her bed.
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>> but she certainly made a name for herself. >> terry kirkpatrick was also working on the investigation. >> and we worked hard. we worked seven days a week 12 to 16 hours a day until the president resigned. zb >> i shall resign the presidency at noon tomorrow. >> that same week hully had an announcement of her own. >> she said i will move to fayetteville, arkansas. i said why? she said i want to be with my boyfriend. that was bill clinton. but he was from arkansas. i said to her, you're not going to move down there. >> i was stunned i didn't know anything about it.
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>> you have the world in front of you. you can go do anything you want. she said i love him and i want to be with him. there's no arguing that. >> that wasn't going to stop sarah from trying so she devised a plan to drive hillary from washington d.c. to fayette vil a try to go convince her. >> and all the way down sarah would stop every 20 miles and say for god's sake, do you know what you're doing? you're throwing your future away and she would say i love him and i want to be with him. so we drove and we drove. >> after two and a half days of meandering through the south sarah's strategy had failed. hillary had arrived in arkansas. >> it was the beginning of the life that she wanted.
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when he told me good-bye i thought i will never see her again. and the next day i went to watch bill clinton running for congress. he stood up on a tree stump and he talked. >> we are on the verge of a great economic prosperity boom in our united states. we need a government that needs more about -- >> he was brilliant. he was charming. he was articulate. he was down home. he was himself. he was amazing. >> clinton asked his friend to make sure hillary felt right at home. >> and right before she came he called me and said don't forget, she is coming. she is coming. i want you to call her. i said okay. okay. i will. i will. i did call her the second day she was at the law school and that's when i met her. >> she accepted a position to
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teach at the university of arkansas law school. bill was busy running his first campaign. >> i had never known anybody in politics before. so i was a little bit hesitant to be thrust into that but it was his dream. i wanted to support him but i also wanted to be sure that i was continuing my work as well. >> i mean she was so smart and she was so good. >> jim blare and his girlfriend diane bonded with hillary almost immediately. >> you would be very sfriurpris to know that an awful lot of times politics was discussed. they loved talking politics. >> in the fall of 1974 the only politics they were talking was bill clinton's run for congress.
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♪ >> though bill clinton lost that ways a year later he would take one last shot at something else he had been fight for. >> she said bill asked me to marry him again. i want to marry him. i want to spend the rest of my life with him but i don't want to get married right now but i'm afraid if i say no he will never ask me again. my advice to her, which may not have been the best advice anybody ever gave her, was to say yes. >> in a small ceremony in their home on october 11th, 1975 hillary and bill would say i do. >> bill saw the smartest woman he had ever seen, a woman that could read his mind, a woman that understood him down to the core. she saw somebody that could make her laugh no matter how bad things got. >> but hillary would have no way of knowing just how bad things
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narrator: it wasn't that long ago. years of devastating cutbacks to our schools. 30,000 teachers laid off. class sizes increased. art and music programs cut.
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we can't ever go back. ryan ruelas: so vote yes on proposition 55. reagan duncan: prop 55 prevents 4 billion in new cuts to our schools. letty muñoz-gonzalez: simply by maintaining the current tax rate on the wealthiest californians. ryan ruelas: no new education cuts, and no new taxes. reagan duncan: vote yes on 55. sarah morgan: to help our children thrive. this is a victory for the future of arkansas. >> 1978 bill clinton and hillary rodham officially entered the political stage. >> bill was elected as the youngest governor in the country and now hillary's star is hitched to build. you now have quote the journey.
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>> there is still a lot to learn and a lot to be done. >> right after the bat it was clear that journey was going to be a bumpy ride. >> does it concern you that maybe other people feel that you don't fit the image that we have created for the governor's wife in arkansas? >> no. just as i said before, i believe each person should be assessed and judged on that person's own merits. >> but for hillary it wasn't going to be that simple. >> for one thing she had a job. >> a big job, the first female partner at rose law firm. >> i can't think of any other governor's wife what had actually had an 8:00 to 5:00 kind of job. >> but what hillary didn't have was her husband's last anytinam. >> that name thing is what got everybody. people talked about that forever. they simply thought she should
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take his name. >> ann mccoy would get to know that while working at the governor's mansion. >> she was really surprised about the upheaval. >> it is one of the reasons he might have lost the governor ship after one term. >> after only two years in office voters kicked bill clinton out of the governor's mansion. >> i regret that i will not have two more years to serve as governor. >> bill clinton raised the price of their car tax for their license plate and evidently that made people furious. >> bill clinton looses the election and go sboes into a to depression. >> a heartbreaking end to a year that began with pure joy. >> hillary had given birth to their little girl, chelsea victoria clinton. >> the next two years are very
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important for our child's development. i am grateful i'll get to spend more time with her. >> more time with their daughter and more time to figure out where to go from here. >> hillary decides that the only way to restore and have their life is if she can bring him back. so what does she do? she takes over. >> hillary constructed a political come back plan. step one, bill's apology tour. >> i'm asking for a second chance. i'm proud of it. i asked hillary for a second chance more times than i care to remember. >> i'm thinking of perhaps changing my name. >> she said i love my name but if that's something that makes a difference with the people of arkansas i'll change my name. >> she became mrs. clinton and she changed her looks and she started taking more of an
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interest in clothing. >> and of course she cut her hair. it was like oh, now we have a first lady. >> and just like that the clintons were back. >> i think what i'm supposed to say is it appears we have won the election. >> she did everything and organized everything to make that happen. >> bill clinton would win back the governor's mansion and three more times after that. it is where the clinton family would live for the neck decade. >> she was a magnificent first lady of this state and she will be again. >> i thought he was smart. i thought she was smarter. >> skip rutherford was working for david prior when bill clinton returned to office. >> probably the toughest policy initiative that bill clinton faced as governor was in education. he tapped hillary to lead that effort. >> we want to be sure that our
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children get the best possible education. >> hillary took on some very tough issues. when you go into small town arkansas and say it's important that you teach foreign language. it's important that you have an updated chemistry lab. we'll have to pay for it as a state ill. that creates some criticism. ultimately what she got done was that arkansas adopted a new state of higher education standards. >> it meant higher expectations for children across the state, just like the expectations they had for chelsea at home. >> they treated chelsea almost as an equal. i mean she was in on all of the conversations that they had. i think that's why she is so smart, number one and interested in everything. >> i played softball in our local league and took piano and ballet.
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>> both of her parents were always cheering her on. >> i think my dad was more the embarrassing one. my mom would cheer with just as much enthusiasm but probably more appropriate intervals. >> cheering on their daughters from the softball stands. in the summer of 1991 clinton had something else on her mind. >> we started talking about presidential politics. i was saying well, i don't think the democrats have a chance in 1992. there is absolutely no way. she looked over at me and said what the democrats need is the right message and the right messenger. >> october 3 rrd, 1991 on the steps of little rock's state
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capit capitol, a candidacy quickly picked up steam. >> what we think stands at the end of it is an opportunity to change the country. >> i felt like oh, my god, she is such a powerful person. she should be running for president. >> patty was the first person to join hillary clinton's staff during the '92 campaign. >> when there was a strategy meeting she was the only woman at the table. >> si zwl did she run her own? >> my husband, bill clinton. >> ladies and gentlemen, you just heard a stunning illustration of my real campaign slogan, buy one get one free. >> she was the first spouse of a candidate to play an active
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issue role. >> i suppose i could have stayed home and baked cookies but what i decided to do was fulfill my profession. >> what were you thinking? were you saying we might have a problem here? >> that's what i was thinking, uh-oh. >> but tea and cookies was compare today the bomb shell allegations that rocked bill clinton's campaign and his marriage. >> yes, i was bill clinton's lover for 12 years. >> january 27th, 1992 former nightclub singer jennifer flowers came forward and a nationally televised news conference. >> the truth is i loved him. >> it looked like the campaign was going down and they had to do something. >> i think it's real dangerous in this country if we don't have some zone of privacy for everybody. >> just weeks before the new
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hampshire primary on super bowl sunday hillary clinton appeared on 60 minutes alongside her husband. >> you know, i'm not sitting here some little woman standing by my man. i'm sitting here because i love him and i respect him and i honor what he has been there and what we have been through together and, you know, if that's not enough for people then heck, don't vote for him. >> she called me right after it and asked my opinion on how i thought it went. i said i thought you were strong and forceful and committed to your husband and your family. i thought it went great. >> weeks later hillary was by her husband's side again when his strong second place finish in the new hampshire primary jolted his primary back to life. >> new hampshire has made bill clinton the come back kid. >> bill clinton went onto win his party's nomination and that
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fall the white house. >> i think if it weren't for hillary bill clinton would not have been president for sure. >> so help me, god. up next -- >> the fact that hillary had an office in the west wing was a big deal and ruffled a lot of feathers. ed car company two years in a row? oh wow. i'm surprised! chevy's coming out with some nice stuff. the design is great. i love it. number one in my book. and chevy is going to give you 0% financing for 72 months. that's 6 years of no interest. that's awesome. i know, right? if you only had 72 hours to get a great deal on this car, what would you do? can we sign with you? the chevy 72 hour sale is here. this labor day, get 0% financing for 72 months on all your favorite 2016 chevy models. hurry, the clock is ticking, get yours now. find new roads at your local chevy dealer. in the country have in common? many of them now call cancer treatment centers of america home.
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but i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> jan 20th, 1993 bill clinton's inauguration filled with ceremony and tradition. inaugural balls and celebrations, even a saxophone playing president. ♪ >> bill clinton joined the band with nearly all 11 balls with his wife by his side. >> god bless bill and hillary. >> and when they returned to their new home, the white house,
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the party continued. >> what was it like the first night? >> it was eerie because all of bush's items had been taken away and the clinton's items hadn't been unpacked. >> jim blare and a couple of other friends were there. >> bill clinton wanted to play cards so we found a card table somewhere and drag it out. >> did hillary play? >> she did not play. she is too smart to get caught up in those games. >> it didn't take long for clintons to settle in and from day one it was apparent they would do things differently. >> the fact that hillary had an office in the west wing was a big deal. >> patty was hillary's senior advisers. >> typically they have their offices in the east wing. the idea that this first lady would have an office not next to the oval but in the same wing of
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the white house, that ruffled a lot of feathers. >> we were very up front about what her role was going to be as first lady. she is going to be an adviser to her husband. >> hillary clinton wanted to focus on policy, not parties. >> no one was even thinking about hosting state dinners or moving screenings and inviting members of the washington establishment. they were about getting things done. >> she got off on the wrong foot with the and she could never get back on the balance beam. >> unfortunately those were relationships she would soon need barely a week after the inauguration. >> today i am announcing the formation of the president's task force on national health reform. this task force listen chaired by the first lady. >> he saw what she had done in terms of education reform in the
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state of arkansas and he, better than anyone, knew how brilliant she was. >> i think that in the coming months the american people will learn as the people of our state did, that we have a first lady of many talents but who most of all can bring people together around conflicts to hammer out consensus and get things done. >> what we are trying to do. >> she travel aid cross the country learning about the health care problems that faced patients, doctors and nurses. but when she returned to washington she retreated with a tight circle to privately draft the legislation. >> her management in health care is really clumsy. her secrecy, her combativeness, her insistence on my way or the highway. >> critics say she was far from the inclusive he husband had
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promised. >> having this secret team of experts and was very secretive arrogant plan coming that would be posed on the american people. >> as her public battle for health care intensified a personal medical crisis surfaced in arkansas. >> my father had a massive stroke and i immediately flew to little rock and was by his bedside. >> less than three months after she arrived at the white house hillary's father, hugh rodham died. >> it was a terrible loss. >> he was very demanding of his kids. i think hillary gets a lot of her ten nasty and her determination from her father. >> tenacity and determination she would need five months later for her marathon health care
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ceremony before five sub committees. >> there is no free lunch in this health care plan. everybody will be paying something, even people who are on medicaid will be paying something if they work unlike today. we think it's a big step forward for responsibility. >> it was a tour to force. it was direct. >> republicans saw it quite differently. >> i don't think it swayed the average person in the street. if it doesn't sway the average person it won't sway the politicians who have to vote on it. >> and in fact it didn't. they never put it to a vote. a significant defeat for the clintons, especially hillary. and that was far from their only issue. as part of a larger investigation federal officials were looking into a failed business venture in arkansas in
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which the clintons were investment partners known as whitewater. it sparked mistrust of the first couple, especially when missing billing records from hillary clinton's arkansas law firm were suddenly found in the white house residence. she was called to testify, the first time a first lady had been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. >> nothing was going to throw her and if they want to bring her before the federal courthouse to testify, by god, she is going to do it. i remember her saying, that's what they want, i will walk in with my head held high. >> i was glad to have the opportunity to tell the grand jury what i have been telling all of you. i do not know how the billing records came to be found where they were found. >> thank you. >> though their investment
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partners were both convicted as part of the larger case, the clintons but it would become one of several scandals that would mar bill clinton's presidency. >> it was a dark time. the feelings of humiliation and vulnerability. >> while the clintons weather the scandals, many democrats did not. midterm november 8th, 1994. >> the republicans will take more than enough seats to take control of the house of representatives for the first time in 40 years. >> since i'm the president, i have to take some responsibility for that. >> she felt terrible. she felt guilty. she felt it was her fault. >> there were some tough times in the white house. your failed health care initiative, the whitewater investigation, the impeachment proceedings. looking back, what was the hardest moment for you in the white house?
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>> when my father died and when bill's mother died in the same year. the tragedies that make a big hole in your heart because you lose somebody that you know, you care about, a family member, those were the hardest. the others, of course, had their difficulties as well, but it was the loss of my dad and my mother-in-law that were really tough. >> so hillary clinton went back to her roots, advocating for children, women and veterans. she became an ambassador of sorts for her husband. it was september 1995. >> no one had any idea what she was going to say. >> hillary clinton traveled with her chief of staff to china for the united nations conference on women. >> there were expectations that she probably would tread lightly and not say a whole lot that was
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news-making. >> but those expectations were wrong. >> we are the primary care takers for most of the world's children and elderly, yet much of the work we do is not valued, not by economists. >> this vast room filled with hundreds and hundreds of people, began to awaken as though the sun had come up in the morning and with each utterance got more and more excited. >> let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all. >> she realized that she had a role to play that could make a difference, not just at home, as important as that is, but around the world. >> hillary clinton had orchestrated her own comeback. until an unexpected
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revelation -- >> i did not have -- >> -- that almost ended it all. >> she was devastated by it. she felt betrayed.
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spring, 1997. tanzania. one of the 82 countries hillary clinton visited as first lady. with her, 15-year-old chelsea. >> we have a big problem with people not thinking they have a future. women, young women and young men are very cynical about their future. >> chelsea was no longer a little girl. she had grown up and like her mother, had her own opinions and her own voice. ♪ >> they shared these magnificent and almost life-changing experiences together.
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>> experiences that hillary clinton made sure were balanced with a healthy dose of normalcy. >> well, growing up in the white house, i think was really both extraordinary and pretty ordinary. it was extraordinary because it was the white house. it was also pretty ordinary. most of the time we had dinner together every night. it was one of the benefits of what my dad calls living above the store. >> we just made it more like a real home and her friends were always welcome. we had lots of kids in the white house all the time. >> amazing memories of being 12, 13, playing hide-and-seek, so much fun. my parents were just like always don't break anything. otherwise, go forth and play hide-and-seek. >> this is the green room and it's one of my favorites. >> if something did break or there was a mess, hillary made sure chelsea cleaned it up. >> the kids were watching a
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movie and hillary went down when it concluded and discovered there was popcorn all over the theater, and she said to them you are not leaving here until you pick up every kernel of that popcorn. >> from the beginning, the clintons asked the press to steer clear of chelsea. >> she and president clinton were adamant about maintaining the zone of privacy around chelsea. hillary had spent a lot of time talking to jackie kennedy onassis about that, about how to raise young children in the white house. >> and how to raise a teenager. imagine having your date pick you up at the white house and your father is the president. >> my father would intimidate them as i think any father. just, you know, kind of sternly standing there on the top of the stairs as they kind of walk up and sheepishly say i'm here to take your daughter to dinner or a movie or whatever we were
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doing. i think he loved that intimidation factor. >> what about your mom? what was she like when you would bring boys home? >> she already knew all about them. i'm so close to my mom that she kind of already asked me, grilled me, anything and everything she felt she needed to know. >> i remember one boy she brought, he was going through that stage where he was wearing a baseball cap the whole time. i finally told him you have to take off your baseball cap. you are in the white house and we are going to have dinner and you cannot sit at the table with your baseball cap on. so it was just being a regular mom. >> another regular mom moment? when chelsea graduated from high school and left the nest. fall, 1997. >> she was teary, almost every day, that her child was going away to college. >> my mom i think couldn't believe that i was going to california. i mean, i think that was more
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upsetting to her than just thinking of me going to college. she's like can't you find somewhere closer? >> chelsea arrived at stanford on air force one. was welcomed by fans and friends. she had a secret service detail but hillary still tried to make it as normal as possible. >> my mom like put contact paper in every drawer. like she kept trying to find things to reorganize and finally my dad was like we need to go. my mom was like there has to be something else. my dad was like it's now time. i think if my dad hadn't intervened my mom would have still been there when i graduated four years later. >> chelsea was an adult now on her own. shielding her from controversy as hillary had done for 18 years would be much harder. >> how difficult is it for you
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to hear so many people harshly criticize your mother? >> well, candidly, it's just been something i have gotten ak symptomed to overmy life. >> there is not a sexual relationship. that is accurate. >> january, 1998. halfway through chelsea's freshman year. news broke that bill clinton had an affair with white house intern monica lewinsky. >> sources say the tapes include lewinsky's graphic descriptions of a long-term sexual relationship. >> he denied it. >> i want you to listen to me. i'm going to say this again. i did not have sexual relations with that woman, miss lewinsky. >> as she had done so many times before, hillary stood by her husband. >> she immediately said it's just not true, and so she felt
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get out there, get ahead of this, deny it and say that, you know, we're not going to let this affect your job. >> she kept her commitment to a previously scheduled appearance on the "today" show. >> what is the exact nature of the relationship between your husband and monica lewinsky? >> it wasn't going to be easy. >> this vast right wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband. >> that's what she believed, this was another attempt to bring down her husband and attack them. >> meanwhile, federal investigators and a grand jury looked into the allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice. by midsummer, monica lewinsky agreed to testify and supply evidence in exchange for immunity.
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the president was scheduled to testify as well. it was the middle of august in the early morning hours before he was to be deposed when bill clinton confessed. >> he let her know that was actually true, and she was devastated by it. she felt betrayed. she felt lied to. she felt that she had been defending him all this time and unknowingly, she was lying. >> indeed i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. >> i don't know what got her through there, but being in the white house, subject to all that scrutiny. >> hillary was desperate to escape washington, d.c. the morning after admitting the affair, bill clinton and his family left to go on vacation.
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the world was watching. >> you know, she was angry. she was upset. it's a iconic photograph with chelsea in the middle and i think at that point, that's who was keeping them together. chelsea. >> the president and first lady have shown little affection. >> following the grand jury testimony. >> this is a family that's got some healing to do. >> how difficult was it to go through something so private, so personal, under the glare of the spotlight as the first lady? >> it was really hard. it was painful. and i was so supported by my
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friends. my friends just rallied around. they would come, they would try to make me laugh, they would recommend books to read. we would go for long walks. we would hang out, eat bad food. just the kind of things you do with your friends. and it was something that you just had to get up every day and try to deal with while still carrying on a public set of responsibilities. so it was very, very challenging. >> hillary clinton took care of her daughter and stood by her husband. even when others didn't. hillary confided in jim blair's wife, diane. >> she explains to diane why she was sticking by her husband during this time. she said she's in it for the long haul, partly because she's stubborn, partly her upbringing,
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partly her pride. >> i think there's only one real reason and that's because she loves him. that's the end of the day. >> simple as that? >> simple as that. >> hillary clinton during this period i think rises really to the status of most admired women. >> clinton pollster mark penn. >> people looked at this and they said well, look, anybody that could go through this, that's a strong woman. >> an image she would carry into her next stage in life. as the first lady becomes a senator. hey america,
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>> it was such a surreal moment. >> mr. mccain, guilty. >> because as the impeachment vote was happening on the floor -- >> mr. moynihan, not guilty. >> she was with the quintessential expert on the state of new york, of all things new york. >> that expert was senior adviser harold ickeys inside the private areas of the white house, he and hillary clinton were contemplating a run for senate. >> we talked about everything from fund-raising, how much it was going to cost. we ran the gamut. >> hillary pored over research and debated strategy. then the phone rang. >> she told the white house operator to put whoever was calling on. >> i just called and said i would like to talk to the first lady. >> we didn't have a television or radio on. she listened, she said i understand. >> i i think this i was the 30th person to call. i had no idea i was the first guy through. >> where are we going as a nation? >> new york republican
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congressman peter king, who had voted against impeachment, delivered the news. president clinton had been acquitted by the senate of perjury and obstruction of justice. >> she put the phone down and it was a slight pause, and she said harold, we were talking about an upstate county in new york. >> instead of talking about the fact her husband had been acquitted, she wanted to get back to business? >> right back. i could see in her body language that there was a sense of real relief, but she's not easily distracted from the issue at hand. >> that issue was the launch of her own political career. >> bill was really encouraging her to do this. lots of people come forward and say you really should think about doing this. >> hillary clinton felt like she needed something of her own. she needed to essentially move away from being an adjunct of her husband. >> maggie haberman was a local newspaper reporter covering the senate campaign.
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>> she saw an open seat and the field was basically cleared for her. >> i'm starting a listening tour of new york. >> the senate race had been a mini mini-presidential race in terms of stress from day one. >> the idea the circus was coming to town was really pretty dramatic. we chronicled literally every single movement of the pre-campaign, then the eventual campaign. it was literally seen as the greatest show on earth. >> the press even followed along as hillary clinton house hunted for the first time in decades. >> they spent most of their married life in public housing so hillary wants a real house with a real yard. dorothy looks at her and says now hillary, the park service is not going to come mow this yard. >> she settled on this house in the quiet suburb of chappaqua,
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new york, 300 miles away from the white house and her husband. >> it was astonishing. in the final few months of her president's term, she was not there at all. it was extremely unusual. >> but necessary. >> question was, how do you go from the white house to running in new york state. you didn't live in new york state, you didn't represent new york state. >> clinton had to convince new yorkers she wasn't an outsider. so she went on a listening tour of the entire state, all 62 counties. >> this notion of listening first, understanding people's problems first, and then kind of explaining what you thought the solutions might be really worked perfectly. >> i'm not in a campaign yet. >> her opponent, mayor rudy giuliani, hit her hard on everything. >> the way the clintons may politics, in the name of uniting what they are really trying to do is divide. it's just kind of sad. >> then giuliani dropped out for
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personal reasons. clinton's new opponent, rick lazio came out swinging. >> when you give me the signed letters -- >> right here. sign it right now. >> we will shake on this. >> no, i want your signature. >> every woman who had a crummy husband saw this as rick lazio tormenting and downgrading her because she was a woman. whether she intended it or not, the women card in that case worked for her. >> two months later, clinton decisively beat lazio. >> wow. this is amazing. thank you all. thank you. >> despite having been first lady, hillary knew when she arrived on capitol hill, she was just the freshman senator from new york. >> she did not act like a celebrity. she didn't act like somebody who should stand out or be treated differently. >> she decides i'm not going to be a bull in a china shop. >> from the beginning, clinton made a point of crossing the aisle, even quietly joining a republican prayer group.
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>> the idea of sending your signal if we find common ground, i can work with you on it. >> she was reaching across the aisle to republicans and people who wanted to impeach her husband years before. >> yeah. that was the real irony of it. >> ten months into her first term, came her defining moment as the junior senator from new york. september 11th, 2001. >> the impact of seeing it first-hand shows what a total hell it is. >> amidst the devastation and mourning, a harsh reality. >> this is the kind of devastating attack and loss of life that is almost beyond imagination, and new york is going to need a lot of help. >> and money. and it was not just getting it, but the painstaking task of figuring out how to distribute it. >> you had police officers, firefighters, wall street executives, investment bankers and how do you decide how much a
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human being is worth. it was very tough stuff. she was the senator who took the most active role in that meeting with everybody. >> she also sponsored a bill to cover medical costs for those who became sick after working at ground zero. it finally passed in 2010. and when president bush sought congressional authorization to use force in iraq, claiming that saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction, the memories of what had happened at ground zero weighed heavily. >> she was looking at it from the perspective of the senator from new york after 9/11 and all of those people who died, and all those families who lost loved ones. >> so it is with conviction that i support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. a vote for it is not a vote to rush to war. it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our president, and we say to him use these powers wisely and as a
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last resort. >> it's very painful. that was not one of the easier decisions of a tenure in the united states senate. i have to live with my vote. hillary does, too. >> a vote she would wrestle with from that day forward. on the "today" show in 2006. >> obviously if we knew then what we know now, there wouldn't have been a vote and i certainly wouldn't have voted that way. >> and in her book "hard choices" writing i wasn't alone in getting it wrong, but i still got it wrong, plain and simple. her critics say that little else about her senate career was memorable. >> she was not a senator of great importance in terms of any national legislation or national policy initiatives. >> is that a fair criticism? >> no, i don't think so. when it came to getting
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i certainly didn't expect to find myself in this position a year ago. >> january 16, 2007. barack obama, then a freshman senator from illinois, released this video. >> i have been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics. >> he announced by video and caught everybody by surprise. >> including hillary clinton. >> she let obama get ahead of her. she then had to play catch-up. >> i'm not just starting a campaign, though. i'm beginning a conversation. >> four days after obama, clinton hastily released hers. then days later, formally declared her candidacy in new york city. >> i am very confident i'm in, i'm in to win, and that's what i intend to do.
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thank you all very much. >> it did not feel presidential. it did not feel big. >> she's someone who is viewed widely as so prepared and methodical and yet this was seen as a thrown-together presidential announcement. >> she's prepared and methodical but not always prepared for the unexpected. so the unexpected was barack obama. >> she campaigned almost like an incumbent. she played it very cautious. >> perhaps too cautious. while barack obama celebrated his historic candidacy, hillary clinton downplayed hers. >> the input that she got, being a strong leader but don't really play up this notion of first woman president. >> while clinton and her campaign steered clear of gender issues, others didn't. instead, focusing on what she was wearing and how she looked. >> i admire what senator clinton has done for america, what her husband did for america. not sure about that coat.
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>> i actually like hillary's jacket. i don't know what's wrong with it. >> how did she handle that? >> with some discomfort, some amusement, a little bit of tension. >> they didn't want to call too much attention to the fact that she was a woman. >> while barack obama engaged young voters in a new way, clinton's campaign seemed stuck in the '90s. >> there was a scriptness about hillary in the early part of the campaign. too measured. >> there was a lot of debate among her strategists about exactly how to humanize her, how to make her more accessible to people. >> in fact, there was a lot of debate among her strategists about everything. >> it wasn't just good old-fashioned healthy debate. there was some in-fighting. >> but you know, campaigns under stress, right, have that. it's true. >> the race was tight as they approached the all-important iowa caucuses. so the campaign turned to its secret weapons.
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>> so i wanted to introduce you to my mom and my daughter. >> an ad called dorothy hit the air waves. >> what i would like people to know about hillary is what a good person she is. >> and chelsea joined her mother and grandmother on the stump and in the diners. >> laughing a lot with my grandmother and mother, because my grandmother was really excited about the egg salad sandwich that she said was like the best egg salad switch she had had in i don't even remember, 20 or 30 years. >> to show voters more of her humor and humanity, hillary clinton started to talk less about policy and more about people. >> my mother had a difficult childhood but worked hard to provide a loving home for us. >> but it was too late. obama beat her badly in iowa and looked likely to do the same in new hampshire. >> things looked really, really bleak.
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there were a lot of options put on the table. one of those options was dropping out. and she was just like no. i'm not a quitter. >> hillary clinton was a fighter, like during this debate on abc. >> what can you say to the voters of new hampshire who see your resume and like it but are hesitating on the likability issue where they seem to like barack obama more? >> well, that hurts my feelings. >> i'm sorry, senator. i'm sorry. >> i don't think i'm that bad. >> you're likeable enough. >> thank you. >> the turning point came on january 7th at a local diner in portsmouth, new hampshire. clinton was asked a simple question. what gets you up every day? >> this is very personal for me. it's not just political. it's not just public. i see what's happening. we have to reverse it.
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>> what do you remember about feeling in that moment? >> i had been through a grueling campaign and there had been ups and there had been downs and it was incredibly, intensely exhausting, physically and emotionally and every other way, and a lot of the emotion that had been there but suppressed because you had to get up every day, do ten events, travel a thousand miles, just came flooding out. >> i imagine that was liberating. >> it was surprising. >> you're human and we all have emotions. >> don't tell anybody. that's one of the best-kept secrets. >> huge wins tonight for hillary clinton -- >> that gave her a lot of energy and focus to continue the fight. >> i found my own voice. >> and her sense of humor. >> thank you for coming. i love your outfit. >> i love your outfit.
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>> thank you. >> i do want the earrings back. >> oh, okay. >> now she campaigned like a challenger. not an incumbent. >> there were instances in which we would stay at the same hotel and we would get there, you know, at 10:00 and she would get there at midnight and we would leave at 8:00 and she would have left at 7:00. it was extraordinary to watch. >> clinton turned up the heat. >> shame on you, barack obama. >> her debate performances were more aggressive. we finally did the 3:00 a.m. spot that would become iconic. >> it's 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. but there's a phone in the white house and it's ringing. >> and chelsea clinton emerged as a force on the trail. >> i wound up doing more than 400 events in less than six months. i think in 40 states. sometimes two people showed up, sometimes 1200 people showed up. >> some called it the chelsea
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effect. whenever she appeared, the gap between her mother and obama seemed to shrink. >> i had to go tell anyone and everyone who may have an iota of interest in listening to me why i'm so passionately supporting my mom as a daughter, as a democrat, as an american. >> i think she'll be more than the voice of change. >> the tide slowly started to turn. but there was not enough time to catch up. june 3rd, 2008. the last day of democratic primaries. clinton took south dakota. >> i will be the democratic nominee -- >> but obama won enough delegates to clinch the nomination. it was over. hillary clinton responded with the speech of a lifetime. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18
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million cracks in it. >> i was so proud of how just graceful and gracious she was, and how full of gratitude she was for everyone who was in that old post office building who had supported her, and the 18 million people that she talked about who had put cracks in the glass ceiling. >> hillary clinton's race for the white house was over. but more surprises were still to come.
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days after conceding a hard-fought democratic primary, hillary clinton got a surprising invitation. >> i called her and suggested that maybe she would meet with barack obama. >> the secret summit took place on june 5th, 2008 at feinstein's d.c. home.
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clinton got there in a mini van hunkered down in the back seat to avoid reporters. while obama sent his press corps packing. >> it was only after the plane took off that we informed them that obama was not on the manpl. this did not sit well with the press corps, by the way. >> i'm not going to get into details of his schedule. >> what do you remember about them arriving at your house, seeing each other for the first time after this hard-fought battle? >> i remember some strain. i had two chairs facing each other in the living room and i left and went upstairs. and about 20 minutes, a half hour later, i heard laughter and i said done. >> mission accomplished. >> mission accomplished. >> a good soldier, clinton campaigned hard for obama. >> the time is now to unite as a
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single party with a single purpose. >> after obama's victory, another surprise. he asked clinton to serve as his secretary of state. on february 2nd, 2009 -- >> i hillary rodham clinton -- >> hillary clinton was sworn in. >> during those first couple years, a lot of it was about rehabilitating the u.s. image in the world. >> raise your hands if you have a question. >> foreign policy adviser andrew shapiro. >> she would always arrange for what they called a townerview, combination of town hall meeting and interview. it enabled her to establish a real connection often with the people of those countries. >> permission to meet not just world leaders -- >> what is the situation -- >> -- but also regular citizens was called people to people diplomacy. >> the young woman right there
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and the young man right there. >> and brought attention to important issues clinton had long supported. women's rights. child welfare. the environment. but sometimes, other tactics were required. >> secretary clinton and president obama both in copenhagen. >> clinton's deputy chief of staff jake sullivan was with them helping to hammer out an agreement on climate change. >> this distinguished group of leaders -- >> but key delegations were conspicuously absent. until someone suggested the chinese might be hiding in a conference room down the hall. >> and so the president and secretary looked at each other and said let's go. >> are you ready for me? you guys need to talk some more? it's up to you. >> president obama came to the door first and the chinese guards had their arms up but he sort of pushed his way through. >> you waiting for me?
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>> secretary clinton came up to the door and ducked under. >> they took seats at the table. hours later, the foundations of a landmark climate change agreement were in place. but not everything went as planned. >> i wanted to present you with a little gift. >> there was this badly bungled moment with her russian counterpart. >> that is we want to reset our relationship. we worked hard to get the right russian word. you think we got it? >> you got it wrong. >> i got it wrong. >> as secretary of state, she could have had some kind of landmark moment and she never did. >> conservative commentator amanda carpententer says clinto made little impact. >> you talk to her people, they will say she traveled around, she visited a lot of countries. that's not a signature
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achievement. >> but what happened in may of 2011 was. >> when i became secretary of state it's one of the things i said to the president that if there's any chance we can track and find bin laden, i think we have to do it. >> that chance came when intelligence said osama bin laden might be at a hideout in pakistan. >> it was a tough call because really experienced people looked at the intelligence differently. i became convinced that it was the right thing to do and made that recommendation to the president in that meeting. >> obama and clinton watched the mission unfold from the situation room. >> your heart was in your throat the whole time we were in there. i have never spent a more stressful 30 plus minutes in my life. >> remember, she was the senator from new york on 9/11 so this was personal to her.
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so getting bin laden i think was for her such an important way to close a chapter, a very painful chapter. >> not long after, a more personal chapter was about to close. with her mother dorothy. >> she was such a great support to me during my entire life, but she lived with us the last ten years of her life, so she was just there every day and she gave me a lot of good feedback and advice. >> on november 1st, 2011, dorothy rodham passed away. >> when hillary was traveling as secretary of state, she would leave the light on on the piano and wait for her to come home. the first time she went away after her mom died and she was coming back from a trip, i know she was upset about coming home to the house without her mom there. and bill and chelsea came in from new york to be in
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washington. >> ten months after her mother's death, clinton faced her greatest diplomatic crisis. september 11th, 2012. >> a radical islamic group -- >> armed men stormed the diplomatic outpost and cia annex in benghazi, libya. >> killed apparently -- >> four americans died. >> the white house confirms -- >> including ambassador chris stevens. >> the militants were apparently enraged by -- >> conflicting reports immediately emerged. publicly, the obama administration said what happened was the result of spontaneous protests. >> today, we bring home four americans -- >> privately, clinton referred to the assault as a quote, planned attack. >> do you think that hillary clinton misled the country during benghazi? >> i think she went along with the obama administration in misleading the country, yes.
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>> secretary clinton, how are you feeling? >> years of investigations and hearings concluded that the state department should have taken much stronger security precautions and that intelligence warnings were ignored. investigators concluded clinton was not directly to blame, but she took responsibility in this cnn interview in 2012. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department, 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. >> that wasn't good enough for patricia smith, whose son sean was killed that day. >> i blame hillary clinton personally for the death of my son. that's personally. >> how do you feel when relatives of the four americans killed that night continue to blame you personally for their deaths? >> well, i feel very sorry for them. i understand the grief that they still must be experiencing and
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i'm, you know, very sympathetic to their feelings. there have been nine independent investigations, most of them done by the other party, and there's no basis for their feelings but that doesn't mean their feelings aren't real, so i respect that. i just have to accept that one or two people are going to feel that way and that's their right, and then the weight of the evidence is pretty clear about what was happening and what we were trying to manage at the time. >> in fact, the last of the investigations was revealed to also be politically motivated when the number two republican in the house said this. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. why? because she's untrustable.
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but no one would have known any of that had happened had we -- >> i agree. >> benghazi remains a haunting legacy for clinton. >> you know, i would imagine i thought more about what happened than all of you put together. i have lost more sleep than all of you put together. >> but the political fallout didn't keep her from running for president one more time. >> let's go out and make that case to america. thank you. >> next. across new york state, from long island to buffalo, from rochester to the hudson valley, from albany to utica, creative business incentives, infrastructure investment, university partnerships, and the lowest taxes in decades are creating a stronger economy and the right environment in new york state for business to thrive. let us help grow your company's tomorrow- today
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congratulations, chelsea. >> after stepping down from her post as america's top diplomat, hillary clinton soon added another title to her resume. grandma. >> being a grandmother, i imagine that's a big priority for her. >> i think it's the number-one priority for her. i mean, she facetimes with us every day. she's very hands-on. she changes diapers. she helps give charlotte her
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bottle before bed. and i have no doubt that that's the type of grandmother she would be. >> when you have grandchildren, you can really enjoy them and you can spend time thinking about their futures and i want every kid to have every opportunity to just go as far as their hard work and talent will take them, starting, of course, with my grandchildren, but i don't want to stop there. that's not enough. i want kids in our country to feel like the american dream is alive and well for them. i've spent my life fighting for children, families and our country, and i'm not stopping now. >> in june of 2015, children were a centerpiece as clinton announced her second run for president. >> what do you think ultimately pushed her to run again? >> i think that she had unfinished business. in 2008, she was very much still running as bill clinton's third term. she was now emerging in her own
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right and i think that was very important to her. >> breathing a big sigh of relief. thank you, iowa. >> clinton won the iowa caucuses, but once again, a surprising challenger emerged. 74-year-old self-proclaimed democratic socialist, senator bernie sanders, finished a strong second. >> iowa, thank you. >> and the race was on. >> sanders was really able to create a grassroots movement. the clinton machine simply failed to see this coming and take it seriously, as did many in the press. [ crowd chanting "feel the bern" ] >> there was people involved in her in 2008 who had those moments, how could this happen again? the advantage they had, it happened before and they were better prepared. >> better prepared and better
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organized to amass the delegates needed to win the nomination. >> thank you so much, south carolina. >> by june, the clinton campaign's hard work had paid off. >> first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee. >> it is historic, but it's almost more than historic. this is profoundly important for not just the direction of our country but for women. >> but one big shadow still hung over the campaign. >> will you explain the e-mails, secretary clinton? >> back in march of 2015, a "new york times" report launched the investigation that would unravel throughout her campaign. clinton had used a private server as her only source of e-mail communication for official state department business. and it was not government sanctioned. >> looking back, it would have
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been better if i had simply used a second e-mail account, and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn't seem like an issue. >> but it was an issue and the fbi launched an investigation. >> why was the use of a private e-mail server so problematic when she was secretary of state? >> "a," because it poses national security risk then also it's very clear that she put this offline so that no one else could see it and that just feeds into this perception that she's not trustworthy in your view. >> correct, because there's just been such a legacy of these kinds of scandals built up over time. >> the muddled response only made matters worse. >> there were different approaches, some were dismissive. >> did you wipe the server? >> like, what, with a cloth or something? >> some were remorseful. >> i used a single account for convenience. obviously, these years later, it doesn't look so convenient. >> but they weren't consistent.
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>> it would take six months before clinton said the words many had been waiting for. >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> if you look at polling, she took a big hit when that story surfaced in terms of those measures of trust, honesty. she's never fully recovered from that. >> how much personal responsibility do you take for those poll numbers showing people have a hard time trusting you? >> well, i think i have to take ultimate responsibility because clearly i am not communicating effecti effectively. there is a disconnect between how i'm perceived when i'm doing a job, and how people are viewing me when i am seeking a job. >> just one month after clinton clinched her party's nomination, the fbi announced the results of its investigation. >> although we did not find clear evidence that secretary
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clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> though clinton would not face any criminal charges, and the cou court of public opinion, the jury was still out. >> you covered her for so many years. do you find that she has a problem with honesty and transparency? >> i think they're not the same thing. i think she does have a problem with transparency. every politician has some level of a problem with transparency, but the net effect doesn't really matter because that is how voters now see it is that she has honesty problems. >> the classic criticism is lack of authenticity, but i think it's a guardedness. i think there is a lot of scar tissue from the battles that she's fought. she's learned to be reserved. she's learn the that words can be used against you so use them very carefully. >> but yet that hurts her.
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>> it does hurt her. it does hurt her, but, you know, people are complicated. >> there's no one element that's the real hillary clinton. you're talking about a woman who likes to know how thick the ice is before she steps out on it. there is the engaging, warm, delightful, seductive hillary. so there are several hillary clintons. >> she's a complex person, but she's not the caricature, she's not the great heroine that her supporters think she is and she's not this evil person that her enemies think. >> there are so many versions of you out there. who is the real hillary clinton? >> just the same person i've always been. i am always amused by the various scenarios about me and the kinds of caricatures of me. again, i don't have a lot of control over that. i just get up every day, do what i believe is the right thing to do. i don't know anything else to do other than to be me.
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>> but do you ever see a version and say who is that person? >> all the time. i read things about me and i say, i wouldn't like her either. i mean, really, who is this person? >> it's so clear to me who my mother is. she's kind, hilarious, compassionate, warm, loving. she does have, i think, the best laugh. i wish more people could see that. and i wish more people in the kind of public advocacy side could recognize kind of her lifelong commitment to children and to families and that really has been the core thread of her life. >> the core of her life and the core of her mission. to break that final glass ceiling. >> please welcome chelsea clinton. >> that moment when your daughter was on stage and introduced you as her mother and the first female presidential nominee of a major party, what was that like for you? >> oh, my gosh. i was watching backstage and i thought, i'm such a lucky person
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no matter what happens, i just feel blessed. >> my mother, my hero, and our next president. hillary clinton. >> i was worried that i might just burst into tears. i really thought, oh my gosh, this is going to be so emotional. >> thank you for that amazing welcome. >> thinking about my mother, seeing my daughter, knowing that i was about to accept this nomination and the responsibility that went with it, was an overwhelming moment and i will never forget it. and so, my friends, it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in america's promise, that i accept your nomination for president of the united states.
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