Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday blamed her loss in November’s presidential election on “intervening events” in the final 10 days of the campaign.
During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International conference in New York, Clinton said that “Of course, I take absolute personal responsibility” for the loss.
“I was the candidate,” she said. “I was the person who was on the ballot.”
Clinton then placed blame on Wikileaks and FBI Director James Comey for her loss:
It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off. The evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive, and so we overcame a lot in the campaign.
According to Clinton, “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president.”
I believe we lost because of “intervening events in the last 10 days” of the election, says Hillary Clinton https://t.co/OK7m8hXW4X
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However, the former secretary of state did acknowledge that she and her campaign did make mistakes.
“Oh my gosh, yes, you’ll read my confession and my request for absolution,” she said, a reference to a book she is writing. “But the reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.”
Clinton described writing the book as a “painful process” since it is forcing her to relive the campaign.