The Hillary Clinton Interview: 21 Revealing Quotes

PHOTO: ABC News Diane Sawyer interviews former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2014.
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Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, coinciding with the release of her new memoir, "Hard Choices." In it, Clinton weighed in on everything from her 2016 timetable to Benghazi to her hobbies after life as President Obama's secretary of state.

Here are some of the highlights from their conversation:

1. Why She Lost in 2008

"I think because I really didn't have a good strategy for my campaign. I didn't plan it the right way. ... As a candidate who was already so well known ... I don't think I ever said, 'Yes, you may have known me for eight years, but I don't take anything for granted. I have to earn your support."

2. Being a Woman in the Spotlight

"Because when you're in the spotlight as a woman, you know you're being judged constantly. I mean, it is just never-ending. And you get a little worried about, 'Okay, you know, people over on this side are loving what I'm wearing, looking like, saying.' And people over on this side aren't. Your natural tendency is how do you bring people together so that you can better communicate. I'm done with that. I mean, I'm just done."

3. When She'll Decide On 2016

"I'm going to decide when it feels right for me to decide. ... certainly not before then [the end of 2014]. I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses about what I will, and will not, be thinking about as I make the decision."

4. Is the Democratic Party Frozen in Place Until She Makes Up Her Mind?

"People can do whatever they choose to do on whatever timetable they decide. ... No, I mean Bill Clinton started running for president officially in, like, September or October of 1991. So, no, I just don't think that's, you know, a real concern."

5. Sexism And Gender In The 2008 Campaign

"I was not as effective calling it out during that campaign either because there is a double standard, we live with a double standard ... And I think part of what I did not do was to be more clear in saying, 'Look, this is a problem in our country. And people oughtta think about their own daughters, their own sisters, their own mothers when they make comments about women in public life, whether they're in politics or the media or anywhere else.'"

6. Wealth And Speaking Fees

"We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt ... We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy. ... Bill has worked really hard -- and it's been amazing to me -- he's worked very hard. First of all, we had to pay off all our debts. He had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off the debts and get us houses and take care of family members. ... I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company as so many people who leave public life do."

7. Security In Benghazi

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