Hillary Clinton Tells NBC News She Is 'Sorry' for Email Confusion – NBCNews.com
In an exclusive interview with NBC News/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, Hillary Clinton said she’s “sorry” there’s been so much controversy over her private email server, but declined to apologize for the decision to use it. She also suggested that GOP front-runner Donald Trump is unqualified to be president and weighed in on the surprisingly robust challenge to her candidacy from Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders.
“At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions,” Clinton said of her email server after being pressed by Mitchell on whether she should apologize for the controversy that has dogged her campaign from the outset. “And I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice.”
It was just the third nationally televised interview for Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic 2016 front-runner, since announcing her campaign in April. Beset by flagging approval ratings, the Sanders challenge and the possibility that Vice President Joe Biden may enter the race, Clinton’s interview with Mitchell appeared to be part of her campaign’s latest effort to offer more access to the candidate.
Yet as her own campaign chairman John Podesta acknowledged in a conference call with reporters Thursday, Clinton’s campaign has faced “headwinds” since March, when her private email server was first revealed. Her poll numbers have fallen as the number of people who consider her untrustworthy has risen.
“Certainly, it doesn’t make me feel good,” Clinton said when asked by Mitchell about those who find her dishonest. “But I am very confident that by the time this campaign has run its course, people will know that what I have been saying is accurate.”
After laughing off questions about her server for months, Clinton has begun to strike a more contrite tone.
She explained that she had used a personal email account as a senator from New York and didn’t spend much time considering alternatives when she became secretary of state in 2009. “I did all my business on my personal email [in the Senate],” Clinton said. “I was not thinking a lot when I got in [to the State Department]. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn’t really stop and think what kind of email system will there be.”
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