Clinton Blames 2016 Loss On Comey Letter, Russian Interference - And Herself

Clinton, who was speaking at a Women For Women International charity luncheon in NY on Tuesday, note that her campaign had its shortcomings, but still felt she was on a winning course just a week before the election.

"It wasn't a ideal campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey's letter and Russian Wikileaks", the Democrat said of the White House loss to Republican Donald Trump.

Although polls had largely favored Clinton over the Republican nominee, the race shifted following WikiLeaks' release of Clinton campaign emails and news that the FBI would examine additional evidence related to the Democrat's use of a private email server as secretary of state - an investigation that closed without any recommended charges. The event also included many of her former aids and was to benefit female survivors of war around the world.

"If the election were on October 27, I would be your president", Clinton said.

Hillary said, "I can't be anything other than who I am, and I've spent decades learning about what it would take to move our country forward, including people who clearly didn't vote for me".

"I am now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance", Clinton explained, looking rejuvenated and fired up during the luncheon.

It was needling that seemed destined to eventually draw a pointed response from the president on Twitter, Amanpour noted, and Clinton said she was fine with that.

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Hillary Clinton had been dragging her feet about making her presidential bid official. "I was the person who was on the ballot". So did we make mistakes? "And I am very aware of, you know, the challenges, the problems, the, you know, shortfalls that we had".

Clinton acknowledged that she made mistakes in the campaign: "Oh my gosh, yes".

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And, perhaps to throw a little shade Trump's way, Clinton mentioned several times throughout the interview, "I did win 3 million more votes than my opponent", CNN reported.

The panel consisting of Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Nia-Malika Henderson, Wolf Blitzer, and David Gregory expressed surprise at what Clinton said, calling it "remarkable" and an "incredible interview".

I think she's absolutely right about the unprecedented steps that Jim Comey took as FBI Director --completely disregarded Justice Department policy for however many years on how to handle an investigation.

"But the reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days", she argued. You'll read my confession and my request for absolution.

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