During a live Facebook chat at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado today, Hillary Clinton explained that the reason she did not just apologize for her 2002 Iraq War vote during her 2008 presidential campaign was because she didn’t want to be “one more person” telling the young soldiers fighting overseas that it was a mistake.
“I have, as my friends say, an overactive responsibility gene. I said look, if we had known then what we know now I never would have voted and I did a lot of rhetorical distancing, but I didn’t say I made a mistake,” Clinton said. “And in part it was because I didn’t want to say to the young men and women who were serving in the United States military in Iraq, fighting and dying and being injured, yeah one more person is saying it’s a mistake you’re there.”
“The political pressure was all on me … [to] say you made a mistake,” Clinton added, noting she was reluctant to do so because “I knew some of these young men who were serving and I knew how important it was for them to feel supported.”
“I know in our political system you get pummeled either way. But for me it was much more personal. And for me it was a mistake,” she admitted.
The potential presidential candidate recently apologized for her controversial 2002 vote to invade Iraq in her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”
“I got it wrong, plain and simple,” Clinton writes.