Hillary Clinton on Health Scare, Her Differences with President Obama

The former secretary of state offers new details on the recovery from her fall, discusses security issues that lead to Benghazi tragedy.
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Now to Hillary Clinton joining us live and exclusively, very much in the news right now with her new book out today, called "Hard choices." Madam secretary, welcome. Thank you. It's bad enough to lose anybody, but if these reports turn out to be accurate it was friendly fire, there was some kind of mistake, it just con found the grief. That very much stays in the news and close to you. Much reaction already to your book and your interview last night with Diane about benghazi. And you wrote in the book about your decision about Iraq. And the vote there and how you know now and that you should have admitted earlier that you made a mistake. So, when it comes to benghazi, it was very interesting, you say, saying you made a mistake is often taken as weakness when it can be a sign of strength and growth for people of nations. I believe there was systemic problems within the state department and clearly if we had known that earlier perhaps we could have done some changes that would have prevented -- at least hopefully, could have prevented what happened. I obviously have thought about this long and hard. And the security issues around this attack or the attacks we had when my husband was president or president Reagan was in office, you learn from them, you can't always predict, you always sit in an office in Washington and say, wehink th this, this and this will happen. I think the independent review reached the right conclusion, there were problems that needed to be addressed and we did. Whether those could have been understood earlier I'm not sure about that, robin. You also talked a bit about your health. First, about money, that's something else that the reaction has been very strong about what you said to Diane about you and your husband leaving the house as you said, dead broke, using the words struggling and that it wasn't easy when many Americans are in the same situation when they know they don't have a book and an opportunities that you have. Any regrets in how you phrased that? Let me clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today. It's an issue that I have worked on and cared on my entire adult life. Bill and I were obviously blessed. We worked hard. For everything we got in our lives. And we have continued to work hard. And we have been blessed in the last 14 years. But I want to use the talents and resources that I have to make sure other people get the same chances. So, for me, it's just a reality what we faced when he got out of the white house, meant we had to keep working really hard. We always have. We're grateful that we can do that. I worry a lot about people that I know personally that don't have the same opportunities. Can you understand the reaction when you say struggling? Yes, I can. But everything in life has to be put into context and as I recall, we were something like $12 million in debt. You know, that was something that we really had to work hard. I was in the senate, couldn't do anything to help us meet those obligations. And I'm very grateful that my husband who's always been a hard worker since he was born, poor, and given opportunities with a good education and strong values to work hard and take responsibility, he did that. So, you know, we understand what that struggle is because we had student debts, both of us, to pay off. I had a couple of jobs in law school. He had a lot of jobs. We have a life experience that's clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans, but also we have gone through some of the same challenges as many people have. Some people were surprised that you didn't really talk about your concussion that you had in 2012, in light of your husband just last month saying it took six months of serious work in recovery. It makes people believe that it was more serious. Well two things about that. I also broke my elbow as secretary of state. Thankfully, those were behind me. What bill is referring to, when I had the concussion and it was diagnosed, the doctor said, look, you're going to be fine, fully recover, we're going to make sure of that by telling you what to do and how to do it. I did lingering effects with double vision and dizziness. I did everything I was told to do. In six months, we need to have you come back and do a full array of test to make sure everything is fine and it was. I think that's what he meant. It was no surprise that you talked a great deal about president Obama and how one-time rival and now the friendship that you were able to forge and how it was like being a first date. It was. After the election. It was. His foreign policy comes under a great deal of criticism. Right. At an all-time low. If you're to run in 2016, given that you have supported him so strong on his foreign policy, will you have to distance yourself? No. I remember very well my husband being in the white house, making some hard choices that were not popular at the time but being able to persevere and everybody could see the results whether it was in the balkans or anything along that line. There were areas that I disagreed with the president on, I talked about those. We often reached the same conclusion. At the end of the day, he's the president. He gets to make the decision and I respect that 100%. So, for me, this is about trying to explain to Americans how -- how any president, I don't care what party you're in, what perspective or experience you have, any president will face hard choices. Hard choices are made with imperfect information by imperfect people and we have to be doing the best we can every day. Now, we have a great system here, where we can have a vigorous public debate. That's all part of our system. I think it's the best system in the world. But the hard choices are going to keep coming and where I disagree with president Obama I will be clear, but, in many areas, he and I worked together and I think we saw positive results. I'm very proud of what we did during the time I was there. I think we restored America's leadership at a time when it was in quite dire straits. We'll come back with you a little bit later. You talked in the publication about sexism and how it's a different climate now. And a lot of people weighing in. Sarah Palin sent a tweet overnight. Your reaction on what she had to say. Now, back to George. Dramatic police chase caught on camera, an armed man shutting

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