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Hillary Clinton Defends Prisoner Swap, But Declines to Directly Answer One Particular Question About It

FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. Clinton defended her response to the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, writing in her new book that she will "not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she won't second guess the Obama administration's decision to swap five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for a U.S. soldier held by the Taliban, but she noted that America's allies often make such deals.

FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. Clinton defended her response to the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, writing in her new book that she will "not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

The former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate made the statements at an event in a Denver suburb Tuesday night. Clinton was asked whether she would make such a trade if she were in office. Clinton said she couldn't answer directly but that it is a "noble" tradition that the United States tries not to leave soldiers on the battlefield. She also noted worries that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may not survive much longer after five years in captivity.

Republicans have criticized the deal as capitulating to terrorists.

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