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clintons asked the press to steer clear of chelsea. >> she and president clinton were adamant about maintaining a 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 teen-ager. 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, oh, just, you know, kind of quite sternly standing there at the top of the stairs as they had to walk up and say i'm here to take your daughter to dinner or a movie or whatever we were doing. i think he loved that intimidation factor. >> what about your mom? what would she do when you would bring boys home? >> she already knew all about them. i'm so close to my mom. she had already asked me and grilled me on anything she felt she needed to know.
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>> i remember one boy she brought and he was going through that stage where he would wear a baseball cap all the time. i finally said you have to take that baseball cap off. we're in the white house, we're having dinner and you cannot sit at the table with that 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 just i think couldn't believe that i was going to california. i think that was more upsetting to her than just me going to college. she was like can't you find somewhere closer? >> chelsea arrived at stanford on air force i. was welcomed by fans and friends.
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she had a secret service detail, but hillary still tried to make it as normal as possible. >> my mom put contact paper, like, in every drawer. she kept, like, trying to find things to reorganize and finally my dad was like we need to go. mom was like there has to be something else. my dad was like it's now time. i think if 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 to hear so many people harshly criticize your mother? >> well, it's just been something i've gotten accustomed to over my life. i mean, i don't remember a time when my mom wasn't be attacked. >> charges of sex, lies and audiotapes.
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>> 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 lewinski's graphic zripgsz of a long-term sexual relationship. >> he denied it. >> i want to you listen to me. i'm going to say this again. i did not have sexual relations with that woman, miss lewinsky. >> and as she had done so many times before, hillary stood by her husband. >> she immediately said it's just not true, patti. so she felt get out there, get ahead of this, deny it and save it. we're not going to let this affect your job. >> she kept her commitment to a previously scheduled appearance
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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. >> there's a 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 mid summer, monica lewinsky agreed to testify and supply evidence in exchange for immunity. 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 it was actually true, and she was
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devastated by it. she was -- 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. the world was watching. >> you know, she was angry, she was upset. it's an iconic photograph with chelsea in the middle, and i
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think at that point that's who was keeping them together, chelsea. >> chelsea. >> yeah. >> there's no program. >> it's the president's birthday. >> 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 of the first lady? >> it was really hard. it was painful. and i was so supported by my friends. my friends just rallied around. they would come, they would try to make me laugh, they would recommend books to read. we'd go for long walks, we'd hang out, you know, eat bad food. just the kinds of things you do with your friends.
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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. >> and 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, 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.
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>> 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, i mean, that's a strong woman. >> an image she'd carry into her next stage in life as the first lady becomes a senator. ♪ ♪ girl, where do you think you're going? ♪ what bad back?gels work so fast you'll ask what pulled hammy? advil liqui - gels make pain a distant memory nothing works faster stronger or longer what pain? advil. in einstein since he started the new beneful recipe. the number one ingredient in it is beef.
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william jefferson clinton but such conduct warrants impeachment and trial. >> senators, how say you? is the respondent, william jefferson clinton, guilty or not guilty? >> as bill clinton was fighting for his political legacy, hillary clinton was planning hers. it was february 12th, 1999. >> 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 ickes. inside the private quarters of the white house, hillary clinton and ickes were contemplating a run for senate. >> we talked about everything from fundraising, how much it would cost, we ran the gamut.
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>> hillary pored over research and debated strategy. then the phone rang. >> she told the white house operator to put whoever was calling on. >> so i just called and said i'd like to talk to the first lady. >> we didn't have a television or radio on. and she listened and said "i understand." >> i thought i was the 30th person to call. i had no idea i was the first guy through. >> new york republican 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 there was a slight pause and she was like, harold, weren't we talking about a county in upstate new york? >> so instead of talking about the fact her husband had been acquitted -- she wanted to get back to -- >> she wanted to get right back. i could see in her body language that there was a sense of real relief, but she is not easily distracted from the issue at hand.
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>> 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. >> 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 presidential race in terms of stress from day one. >> the idea that the circus was coming to town was really pretty dramatic. we chronicled literally every single movement of the precampaign and 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.
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>> they spent most of their married lives in public housing. so hillary wants a real house with a real yard and 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, 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. >> the question is 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
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problems first and then kind of explaining what you thought the solutions might be really just worked powerfully. >> i'm not in a campaign yet. >> i think they even have flies in arkansas. >> her opponent, mayor rudy giuliani, hit her hard on everything. >> kind of the way the clintons play politics. in the name of uniting, what they're really trying to do is divide, which is sad. >> then giuliani dropped out for personal reasons. clinton's new opponent rick lazio came out swinging. >> i'd be happy to when you give me the signed letters -- >> right here. >> when you give me. >> sign is right now. >> we'll shake on this rick. >> every woman with a crummy husband say this was rick lazio coming and downgrading her because she was a woman. whether she intended it or not, the woman's card worked for her. >> two months later, hillary beat lazio. >> wow, this is amazing. thank you all.
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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 didn't act like celebrity or somebody standing out to be treated differently. >> she decides i'm not going to be a bull in the china shop. >> from the beginning, clinton made a point of crossing the aisle, even quietly joining a republican prayer group. >> the idea is sending a signal that 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. >> that was the real irony of it. >> ten months in her first term came the defining moment as junior senator of new york, september 11th, 2001. >> the impact of seeing it firsthand shows what a total hell it is. >> amidst the devastation and mourning, a harsh reality. >> this is the kind of
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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 human being is worth. i mean, 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
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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 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."
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>> i didn't expect to find myself in in position a year ago. >> january 16, 2007, barack obama, then a freshman senator from illinois, released this video. >> i've been struck by hungry, we all are for a different kind of politics. >> he announced by video and caught everyone by surprise.
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>> including hillary clinton. >> she let obama get ahead of her. she then had to play catch up. >> i'm not just starting a campaign. i'm starting a conversation. >> four days after obama, clinton hastily released hers and 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. 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 and the unexpected was barack obama. >> she kpand campaigned almost like a quasi incumbent. she was caution. >> perhaps too cautious. while barack obama celebrated his historic candidacy, hillary clinton downplayed hers. >> the input she got, be a
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strong leader but don't 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 i'm not sure about that coat. 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
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debate among her strategists about everything. >> it wasn't just good old fashioned healthy debate. there was some infighting. >> yeah, but you know, you know, campaigns under stress 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. >> so i wanted to introduce you to my mom and my daughter. >> an ad called "dorothy" hit the airwaves. >> 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. >> just 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 sandwich she'd had in, i don't remember, 20 or 30 years. >> to show voters more of her humor and humanity, hillary
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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. 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 resumé 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 likable enough, hillary.
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>> thank you so much. >> no doubt about it. >> 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. >> what do you remember about feeling in that moment? >> i'd 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 i 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 and -- >> i imagine that was liberating. >> it was surprising. >> well, you're human and we all have emotions. >> don't tell anybody.
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that's one of the best kept secrets. >> huge wins tonight for hillary clinton and john mccain. >> 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. >> well, i love your outfit. but i do want the earrings back. >> oh, okay. >> now she campaigned like a challenger, not an incumbent. >> there were instances where we'd stay at the same hotel. we'd get there at 10 and she would get there at midnight. we would leave at 8 and she'd have left at 7. and 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 a.m. spot that would become iconic.
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>> it's 3 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 like more than 400 events in less than six months. i think in 40 states. sometimes two people showed up, sometimes 1,200 people showed up. >> some called it the chelsea effect. whenever she appeared, the gap between her mother and obama seemed to shrink. >> i need 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. >> oh, 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.
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>> 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 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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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. clinton got there in a minivan, 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 plane. this did not sit well with the press corps, by the way. >> is he meeting with senator clinton? >> 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
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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 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 the first couple of years, it was about rehabilitating our reputation in the world. >> raise your hands if you have
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a question. >> former policy adviser andrew shapiro. >> she would always arrange for a combination of a town hall and interviewed and it enabled her to establish a real connection with the people of those countries. >> her mission, 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 and the young man right there. >> and brought attention to important issues clinton had long supported -- women's rights, child welfare, the environment. >> oh, he's beautiful. >> but sometimes other tactics were required. >> secretary clinton and president obama were both in copenhagen. >> clinton's deputy chief of jake sullivan, chief of staff was with them, helping to hammer out an agreement on climate change. but key delegations were conspicuously absent until someone suggested the chinese might be hiding in a conference
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room down the hall. >> and so the president and the secretary looked at each other and said, "let's go." >> are you ready or do you 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 and he sort of pushed his way through. then 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. >> and that is we want to reset our relationship. we worked hard to get the right russian word. do you think we got it? >> you get it wrong. >> i got it wrong.
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>> as secretary of state, she could have had some kind of landmark moment and she never did. >> conservative commentator amanda carpenter said clinton made little impact. >> you talk to her people and they will say, well, she traveled around, she visited a lot of countries. that's not a signature achievement. >> but what happened in may of 2011 was. >> when i became secretary of state, it's one of the things that 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.
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>> 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've 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. 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
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secretary of state, she'd 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 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 post in libya. four americans died, including ambassador chris stevens. >> the militants were apparently enraged -- >> conflicting reports immediately emerged. publicly the obama administration said what
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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. >> 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. >> the tragedy in benghazi -- >> that wasn't good enough for patricia smith, whose son, shawn, was killed that day.
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>> 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 might 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 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, you know, 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, you know, what was happening and what we were trying to manage at the time.
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>> 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. but no one would have known any of that had happened had we not thought and made something happen. >> benghazi remains a haunting legacy for clinton. >> you know, i would imagine i've thought more about what happened than all of you put together. i've 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.
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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. she face times with us every day. she's very hands on. she changes diapers. she helps give charlotte her bottle before bed, and i had no doubt 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 with my grand chish, 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 well and alive for them. >> i've spent my life fighting for children, families and our
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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 at bill clinton's third term. she was now emerging in her own right, and i think that was 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 grass roots movement. the clinton machine simply
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failed to see this coming and take it seriously as did many in the press. >> i'm sure there were people who were involved with her in 2008 who had those moments, how could this happen again? but the advantage hay had was that it did happen before and they were better prepared for it this time. >> better prepared and better 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. >> the 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
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over the campaign. >> will you explain the e-mails, secretary clinton? >> back in march of 2015 a new york times report launched an investigation that would unravel throughout her campaign. she used a private server for official state department business and it was not government sanctioned. >> looking back, it would have 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 her use of a private e-mail server so problematic when she was secretary of state. >> because it kocauses special security risk, but it's clear she put it offline so no one else could see it. >> that feeds to the perception that she's not trustworthy? >> correct. because there's been such a
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legacy of these kinds of scandals built up over time. >> the muttleed response made matters worse. >> there were different approaches. some were dismissive. >> did you wipe the server? >> with a cloth or something? used a single account for convenience. obviously these years later, it doesn't look so convenient. >> but they weren't consistent. >> 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 the poll numbers showing people have a hard time trusting you? >> i have to take ultimate responsibility, because clearly i am not communicating
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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 clenched her party's nomination, the fbi announced the results of its investigation. >> although we did not find clear evidence that secretary clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence they were extremely careless in their handling of highly classified information. >> though clinton did not face any criminal charges, questions about her e-mails would continue throughout the campaign. >> do you find she has 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
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of a problem with that, but the net effect doesn't matter because voters see it as an honesty problem. >> it's lack of authenticity. i think there's a lot of scar tissue from the battles she's fought. she's learned to be reserved. she's learned that words can be used against you, so use them very carefully. >> but, yet, that hurts her. >> it does hurt her. it does hurt her, but people are complicated. >> there's no one element that is 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 clinton's. >> she's a complex person, but she's not the caricature, she's not the great heroin that her supporters think she is, and she's not the evil person her
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enemies think. >> there are so many versions of you out there. who is the real hillary clinton? >> the same person i've always been. i'm 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. >> do you ever see a version and think who is that person? >> i read things about me and think i wouldn't like me either. who is this person? >> it's so clear to me who my mother is. she's kind, hillarious, compassionate, warm, loving. she does have, i think, the best laugh, and i wish more people could see that. and i wish more people on the kind of public advocacy side would recognize her lifelong commitment to children and families and that that really
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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 was thinking i'm such a lucky person no matter what happens. >> 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
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responsibility that went with it, 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. the following is a cnn special report. he's the most unconventional candidate in modern history. >> i'm not using the lobbyist, i'm not using donors, i don't care. i'm really rich.


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