Clinton Thanks Staff, Law Enforcement After Hostage Crisis Resolved

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 30, 2007 7:14pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Jennifer Parker Report: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., emerged from her Washington, D.C. home Friday night to thank her campaign staff and law enforcement officials for resolving the hostage situation in her Rochester, New Hampshire campaign office.

"This has been a difficult day personally and emotionally," Clinton told reporters camped outside her Washington, D.C. home.

"I was in touch during the day with the families of those who were held hostage," she said, saying that was the hardest part of an ordeal that lasted all afternoon.

"I really commend their extraordinary courage under, again, very difficult circumstances."

Clinton was scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Committee Fall meeting Friday afternoon but canceled her appearance after members of her Rochester, N.H., campaign staff were taken hostage by a man with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his chest.

"Everything stopped and it had to because we had nothing on our minds except for the safety of these young people that work for me," she said.

Saying it had been a hard day for everyone involved in her campaign, Clinton thanked young staffers and volunteers who work on presidential campaigns.

"Every four years extraordinary young people come to places like New Hampshire to campaign because they want to change our country," she said, "they work around the clock and are so committed to their cause.”

The Senator thanked local law enforcement officials in New Hampshire and the FBI, who she said lent expertise and help during the hostage situation.

Clinton said she was on her way to New Hampshire to personally thank the law enforcement officials involved with resolving the hostage crisis.

"I’m especially just relieved to have this situation end so peacefully," she said.

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