Hillary Clinton Speaks About Presidential Election Loss

Clinton acknowledged the pain she feels after her unexpected failure to defeat Donald Trump.
2:23 | 11/17/16

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Transcript for Hillary Clinton Speaks About Presidential Election Loss
But first Hillary Clinton giving her first speech since conceding to Donald Trump opening up about that defeat. Her disappointment and determination to move forward. ABC's David Wright is here with details. Good morning, David. Good morning, robin. Hillary Clinton has often said when she gets knocked down, she gets right back up. Well, here she was one week after this stunning upset addressing an event for the children's defense fund downhearted but unbroken. I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me. It was her first appearance after conceding that long bitter race. There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again. Reporter: Clinton lost the election but won the popular vote, more than a million votes ahead of Donald Trump. I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too. More than I can ever express. Reporter: By the time all the votes had been counted she may well have earned more raw votes than all but one of the men ever elected president, the exception, Barack Obama, Clinton urged her supporters not to be discouraged. Stay engaged on every level. We need you. America needs you, your energy, your ambition, your talent. That's how we get through this. Reporter: Her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders is doing just that. Speaking last night at a separate event, he called trump's new chief strategist a racist. I call upon Mr. Trump to rescind the appointment that he made of Mr. Bannon, a president of the United States should not have a racist at his side, unacceptable. Reporter: For her part Clinton steered clear of any direct attacks, instead, she spoke from the heart. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was, but, please listen to me when I say this, America is worth it. Now Clinton did not say what her own plans are moving forward and had accepted this invitation to speak at the children's defense fund long before election day. Probably hoping it would be a different sort of speech, George. That is an understatement. Thanks very much.

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