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Hillary sat down with John Dickerson on Friday for a segment that aired on Face the Nation this morning.

ICYMI:  The video is here >>>>

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Dickerson asked about her designation of Donald Trump as a “loose cannon,”  Hillary offered as examples his suggestions to: allow other nations to acquire nuclear weapons and  pull out of NATO. Some statements like going back to using torture, going after families of terrorists concern her.

She pointed to Republicans raising questions about their presumptive nominee.  She very carefully differentiated “their nominee” from “Donald Trump.” She said she doesn’t think it is personal but rooted in respect for the office.

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Dickerson asked Hillary what hard questions she would ask Trump. Her general response was to point to a basic vacuum for what he says,

Americans don’t need a raise – based on what? Evidence indicates that he does not understand what is happening in the economy to ordinary people.  She pointed out that Trump does not have a plan,  He has a slogan.

Climate change a Chinese hoax -based on what?  Once again it is a slogan.

Punishing women who have abortions, rounding up immigrants for deportation – what do these statements mean and how would we go about that? She said maybe he doesn’t understand that running the gov not the same as making real estate deals.  Putting the credit of the U.S. at risk would have a horrible outcome.

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Hillary’s website explains all of her plans and how they are paid for so clearly there is a constituency for a candidate who puts specific plans out there, was  She has confidence in common sense of American voter

Hillary is not going to run an ugly race. She is going to run a race based on issues.  She doesn’t feel she is running against Donald Trump. She is running for the vision she has for America and to knock down the barriers that prevent Americans from getting ahead. She is going to stay focused on that,

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Hillary will run an outreach campaign to voters across the political spectrum who want a candidate is running based on issues, has put out plans and will explain them, who has a track record.  Hillary believes people who take their votes seriously will agree with her.

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Was she trying to lead Bernie Sanders to the exit?  She said her 2008 experience is a good reminder of how close she and Obama were then. She and Sanders have a lot of same goals. Will work together toward them and to make sure Donald Trump does not become president.  They shares many goals and she hopes they can work together.

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The emails came up again.  She is looking forward to having that wrapped up. So far no one has reached out to her.  She said it is a security inquiry, she has always taken security very seriously.

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Is there a broader lesson?  Hillary said if you don’t keep learning you will stagnate. Anyone who is running for POTUS should answer the same questions.  Hillary,  “I have 33 years of tax returns in the public domain.” and Donald Trump has none.  “What’s there?”

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She pointed to her record as secretary of state. Has a serous and focused approach to taking care of the nation’s business.

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Hillary said she will stand for American values, interests, and security and that Trump has no coherent foreign policy and makes statements that are of concern.  Why after 70 years trying to prevent proliferation would Trump be so cavalier in wanting other countries to get them?

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The interview ended a bit abruptly on that last note.  To Dickerson’s credit: some of the questions were refreshing and new, and some of the older issues were approached from a fresh perspective.  He did not ask her any wasteful questions that would be better answered by the party or parties who lodge those questions which she always has to answer with “Well I think you would have to ask him/her/them….”  It was one of the better recent interviews in that sense. Very efficient.

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Hillary attended mass this morning in Detroit and appeared on Face the Nation.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a mass at the Russell Street Baptist Church during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a mass at the Russell Street Baptist Church during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a mass at the Triumph Church during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a mass at the Triumph Church during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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With Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Hillary discussed, among other things, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where she is going today), the Sanders campaign allegations on banking influences, and the “shout out” from male pundits.

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  1. She is very well-informed on the subject of lead poisoning from both a medical and an infrastructure point of view.  She knows what needs to be done, medically, for the children exposed to the toxic water, and she also knows what needs to be done to the water lines. Do any other candidates from either party have the battery of information on this subject that Hillary has?DSCN2808 DSCN2809
  2. She explained, once again, how her financial plan is broader than Bernie Sanders’s plan as she also is going after giant corporations that gouge the public and evade taxes. She said she doesn’t understand why he doesn’t join her in this battle. DSCN2820
  3. As to the shouting, she said we all know that we are still dealing with a double standard and that sexism is not a thing of the past. By the way, anyone who listened to her at her Portsmouth event last night must admit that her normal tone at rallies is conversational not the full-volume blast that Bernie continually puts out.DSCN2822 DSCN2823 DSCN2824

 

Great quote: “Anger’s not a plan and venting’s not a strategy.”

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, she voiced her appreciation of Bernie’s SNL stint. She also took on the extreme remarks of Marco Rubio on abortion in last night’s GOP debate. There, too,  she took on the spin about the bankruptcy bill – specifically with regard to the effect of the proposals on separated and divorced women and their children. She said she is not going to take the Sanders smears anymore, but largely, she was arguing against comments by Elizabeth Warren there.  As to the Goldman Sachs speeches, she said everyone who has given speeches to private organizations should then release their transcripts and the standard, if this is going to be the new standard, should apply to all.

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She also discussed the Flint situation on Meet the Press.  (That repeats later on MSNBC.)  She was on Face the Nation as well.  That repeats later on CBSN.

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Published on Jan 10, 2016

The Democratic front-runner and former secretary of state spoke with CBS’ “Face the Nation” about the State Department release of her emails, gun control and the state of the primary race ahead of the Iowa caucuses in an interview on January 10, 2016.

 

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton maintains she never sent classified information via email as Secretary of State, as questions arise over her instruction to have a talking points memo sent to her in 2011 by a nonsecure system after it could not be sent by secure fax. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton maintains she never sent classified information via email as Secretary of State, as questions arise over her instruction to have a talking points memo sent to her in 2011 by a nonsecure system after it could not be sent by secure fax. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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The State Department was releasing emails, Republicans on the Select Committee were in full attack mode, and the first campaign stop, after an interview with Andrea Mitchell, was San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The topic was health care.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference after a roundtable to discuss the health care crisis, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Clinton, who won Puerto Rico's 2008 Democratic primary election, defended her support for giving Puerto Rico bankruptcy protection during the round-table discussion focused on the island's health-care problems. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

On the 20th  anniversary of her Beijing speech, Hillary launched her Women for Hillary initiative in Portsmouth NH and received Jeanne Shaheen’s endorsement.

09-05-15-OZ-0609-05-15-OZ-1109-05-15-OZ-02U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (L) stand together after Senator Shaheen endorsed Clinton at a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters in an overflow area outside a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Audience members listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supporters in an overflow area outside a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Labor Day in Cedar Rapids and Hampton

09-07-15-Z-0709-07-15-Z-10Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with a supporter during the Annual Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to voters following a campaign stop at the Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

At Brookings, Hillary spoke about the Iran agreement.  Uncorrected transcript >>>>>

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Rallying with Women For Hillary  in Columbus Ohio

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to a cheering crowd during a 'Women for Hillary' grassroots organizing meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a 'Women for Hillary' grassroots organizing meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Bricklayers endorsed her.

BAC Endorses Hillary Clinton

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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The Clintons reunited with the  old friends and neighbors at the Foundry United Methodist Church.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) stands between former U.S. President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea as they attend the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd L) with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) and their daughter Chelsea (L) attend the Foundry United Methodist Church's bicentennial service in Washington September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas09-13-15-Y-09Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets church attendees at the Foundry United Methodist Church, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. During President Bill Clinton's presidency, the Clintons worshipped and participated regularly at Foundry. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Rallying with the Women for Hillary grassroots at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Hillary received another important endorsement.

UA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)A supporter holds a hand-made sign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

Jimmy Fallon and his special guest

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In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

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At the Union Diner in Laconia NH

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On The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

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At the University of New Hampshire, Durham with Maggie Hassan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, arrive at the University of New Hampshire, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (R) listens as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire September 18, 2015. Governor Hassan announced her endorsement of Clinton at the event. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (R) answers a question from the audience at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire September 18, 2015. Governor Hassan announced her endorsement of Clinton at the event. REUTERS/Brian SnyderU.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at a campaign community forum on college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire, September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

At the New Hampshire Democratic Convention

 

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnyderSupporters cheer while U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian SnyderSupporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton cheer as she arrives at the state's annual Democratic convention Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)09-19-15-Z-0509-19-15-Z-11DSCN1482

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In Baton Rouge speaking about health care
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton takes a photo with a supporter during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., speaks during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., waves to supporters during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Hillary returned to Little Rock Arkansas
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton reaches for a phone to take a photo with attendees at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
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09-22-15-Y-0409-22-15-Y-08Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum on healthcare, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Hillary was the inaugural guest on Meet the Press Daily.

 

The true intent of the Select Committee on Benghazi slipped out.

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As if we didn’t know!

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage to speak at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How could anyone possibly say Hillary Clinton lacks stamina ?

Here are the archives for September 2015 >>>>

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If there is some way Hillary could have made this clearer, please clue me in.  Perhaps yesterday’s post was too dense and this message was lost in the forest for the trees.  So, to be crystal clear, if you are for Hillary cut out the anti-Bernie nonsense now and redirect.

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DICKERSON: Bernie Sanders has made quite a point of not attacking you. He said he’s not going to run any negative ads.

Would you pledge to do the same thing with respect to him, not attack him, and also tell your supporters, hey, lay off?

CLINTON: Look, I want this to be about ideas and about policies.

I know Bernie. I respect his enthusiastic and intense advocacy of his ideas. That’s what I want this campaign to be about. And I hope people who support me respect that, because this is a serious election. I obviously am running because I think it’s better for the country if a Democrat who has the kind of approaches and values that my husband had and Barack Obama has follows this presidency.

DICKERSON: So, can I mark that down as a yes?

CLINTON: Yes.

DICKERSON: You will pledge not to?

CLINTON: Well, I have no — no interest in doing that.

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Covering topics from Benghazi to Syria, from The Donald to the Dems, and from health care to the economy,  Hillary Clinton sat down with John Dickerson for a Sunday morning in depth one-on-one.  She was detailed, authoritative, and unhesitating in response to a wide range of questions and thoroughly relaxed in her signature warm and personable way.

Hillary reminded the audience that when Benghazi was under attack other embassies also were being threatened, i.e. more than one mission (anywhere from 12-18) was under some form of assault.  Benghazi was one of these.

She also spoke of her efforts early to to prevent the crisis we see today for the Syrian people – efforts that have been outlined here many times before.

While she faulted Donald Trump in particular for fostering a toxic, biased atmosphere, and Republican candidates in general for attacking policies and programs from Planned Parenthood to Obamacare, she refused to make any statement about Democratic opponents declared or otherwise.  She made it crystal clear that the battle right now is between the major parties and not among Democrats.   She also made it clear that she considers Bernie Sanders to be under the latter umbrella. “I want this to be about ideas and about policies.” She stated that she has no interest in attacking Bernie. (I hope everyone on her side of the campaign heard that loud and clear.)

As for persistent declarations that her persona is inauthentic, she laughed it all off rather musically.  That is the real Hillary, folks!

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CBS slideshow>>> Pics of Hillary with Rand Paul backstage>>>>>>

Here are some highlights from Face the Nation‘s website.

Hillary Clinton: U.S. should take 65,000 Syrian refugees

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the United States should accept 65,000 refugees from Syria to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis created by the war there.

“We’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II and I think the United States has to do more,” the former secretary of state said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in.”

She said there should be a focus on admitting the most vulnerable, like persecuted religious minorities, or those who had been brutalized, like the Yazidi women.

Clinton also said, “I want the United States to lead the world,” and said the United Nations Secretary General should call for a meeting at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting in which countries make specific commitments about to provide money and aid.

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Hillary Clinton: I’m not preparing for Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton said she and her team are not taking steps to prepare for a possible late entry into the Democratic presidential primary by Vice President Joe Biden.

“This is such a personal decision and the vice president has to sort this out,” Clinton said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “He’s been so open in talking about how difficult this time is for him and his family and he’s obviously considering what he wants to do including whether he wants to run.”

“I just have the greatest respect and affection for him and I think everybody just ought to give him the space to decide what’s best for his family,” she added.

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Hillary was with longtime pal and supporter Charles Rangel at the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner in D.C. on Saturday evening after a hugely well-received appearance at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention earlier in the day.  We are all ever grateful to Charlie for spiriting Hillary to New York and encouraging her to run for the Senate.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Charles Rangel D-N.Y. attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 45th ALC Phoenix Awards Dinner at Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Charles Rangel D-N.Y. attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 45th ALC Phoenix Awards Dinner at Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Charles Rangel D-NY attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Charles Rangel D-NY attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Sunday morning, she will appear in Face the Nation.

Coming up Sunday: Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul

CARROLL, IA – JULY 26: Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to guests gathered for a house party on July 26, 2015 in Carroll, Iowa. Although Clinton leads all other Democratic contenders, a recent poll had her trailing several of the Republican candidates in Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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(CBS News) — This Sunday on Face the Nation, John Dickerson sits down with Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in her first Sunday show interview in almost four years.

We’ll talk to the former secretary of state about the news of the day, both at home and abroad, the state of her campaign, and what it’s like running as an establishment candidate in a campaign that’s shaping up, so far, as the year of the outsider.

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Interview With Bob Schieffer of CBS’s Face The Nation

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 30, 2011

QUESTION: We’re just off the line with Liz Palmer, our person in Cairo, and during her report, F-16s, Egyptian air force warplanes, apparently were flying low over the demonstrators in the main part of Cairo. Do you know what this is about?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Bob, I don’t, and let me repeat again what President Obama and I have been saying, and that is to urge the Egyptian security forces to show restraint, to not respond in any way through violence or intimidation. That falls upon the peaceful protestors who are demanding that their grievances be heard. And obviously, our reports up until now have been that the Egyptian army had taken up positions, that they were showing such restraint. And we strongly urge that that continue.

What the people who are in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt are protesting for is the right to participate in their government, to have economic opportunity, for their human rights to be respected. We are very clearly asking both in public and private that the Egyptian authorities respond to that, that they start a process of national dialogue that will lead to a transition to such democracy, and what President Mubarak himself said the other day – that they would begin to take concrete steps for democratic and economic reform – we expect to see happen.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, do you think those things are possible if President Mubarak stays in office, or is he eventually going to have to leave?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I’m not going to speculate, Bob. What we are focused on now is a transition that will meet the needs of the Egyptian people and that will truly establish democracy, not just for one election and then no more elections after that, or not for radicals, extremists, violent elements to take over. We want to see the – what really was at the core of the protests, which were people saying, “Hey, we deserve a better life. We deserve more opportunity to be respected and responded to.” And that is what we’ve been conveying and that’s what we will continue to make very clear, and we stand ready to assist.

QUESTION: Do you – are you concerned that if President Mubarak does go, it may give an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been the opposition to his government for so many years, could somehow come to power? I think most people agree they were not the start of this or the cause of these demonstrations. But where do you see – what role do you see them playing if Mr. – President Mubarak should go?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, I’m not speculating about who goes or who stays. And I’m not prepared to comment on what kind of democratic process the Egyptian people can construct for themselves. But we obviously want to see people who are truly committed to democracy, not to imposing any ideology on Egyptians. And therefore, we would like to encourage that people who have been the voice of protest and been the voice of civil society be the ones at the table trying to design what would be an orderly transition to meet the democratic and economic needs of the people.

Bob, we’re all very conscious of the fact that Egypt is an incredibly important country, a large country with great influence in the region and meaning for the Arab world. And we want to see the outcome of what started as peaceful protests legitimately demanding redress for grievances to result in a true democracy. Not a phony one like we saw with Iranian elections, not to see a small group that doesn’t represent the full diversity of Egyptian society take over and try to impose their own religious or ideological beliefs. We want to see the full diversity and dynamism of Egyptian society represented.

QUESTION: Do you believe that his appointment of a new vice president – is that helpful?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s something that American Government representatives have been urging and requesting for 30 years. I talked – I’ve talked with former ambassadors over the last weeks who have said, “Boy, I remember when I went in in 1980-this or 1990-that.” So yes, it’s something we have said is absolutely imperative. It finally has happened. There are some new people taking responsibility in government. We hope that they can contribute to the kind of democratic and economic reforms that the people of Egypt deserve.

QUESTION: So far, though, it does not seem that anything that Mr. Mubarak has said or done up until this point has, in any way, tempered these demonstrations. I mean, things seem to be getting worse rather than better.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think there are several things going on. But first and foremost, words alone are not enough. There have to be actions. There has to be a demonstrable commitment to the kind of reforms that we all know are needed and desired, but also too, there is now, unfortunately, in addition to the legitimate, peaceful protests that are going on, lots of reports of looting, prison breaks, and the like. So it makes the situation much more complicated than it even was before, because everyone wants to ensure that the right of assembly, the right of association, the right of free expression be protected, that there be no violence against the protests.

At the same time, people in the streets have to refrain from violence themselves. And I’ve heard many stories of Egyptians protecting their national museum, protecting their homes. And they’re protecting them from looters and from criminals. So this is an incredibly complex set of circumstances, and we are hoping and praying that the authorities will be able to respond to the legitimate requests for participation by the peaceful protestors. Let’s begin to see some meetings with representatives of the government and representatives of civil society. Let’s begin to see some steps taken that will lead toward free, fair, and credible elections in the future.

Those will begin to put some substance behind the words and give the protestors who are trying to see a future for Egypt that is responsive to their needs a reality that they can hang onto.

QUESTION: All right. Madam Secretary, thank you so much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.

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This one is too cute.

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Interview With Bob Schieffer of CBS Face the Nation

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Lisbon, Portugal
November 21, 2010

QUESTION: And the Secretary of State is speaking to us from Lisbon, Portugal. Madam Secretary, thank you.

You and the President met with President Karzai of Afghanistan while you were there. Is he still wanting to reduce the American presence in Afghanistan?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Bob, first, I think that what happened in Lisbon by the NATO ISAF alliance was extremely important. It was basically a resounding vote of confidence in President Obama’s strategy, which, by all accounts, is making progress.

As part of that strategy, we are trying to balance two imperatives: on the one hand, going after, killing, and capturing the Taliban; on the other hand, maintaining the support of the Afghan people. And I think what President Karzai has raised with me and others is that we constantly have to be asking ourselves, “Are we getting that balance right?”

He is fully in support of the strategy. He is fully in support of the fact that it is making progress. But he is very sensitive, as you would expect the president of any country to be, as to whether or not, when we engage in night raids or other offensive actions, we are actually getting the bad guys, and not conducting actions that result in a lot of civilian casualties.

And so, General Petraeus understands that, and they are working closely together to make sure that they stay in sync.

QUESTION: Well, that doesn’t sound exactly like what he told the Washington Post just a week ago, when he said U.S. forces were becoming too intrusive in Afghan life, he wanted to stop the nighttime raids, which is kind of the heart of General Petraeus’s strategy. Are you telling me he has changed on that?

SECRETARY CLINTON: No. What he has said to me and to others is if you have a night raid that kills a Taliban leader, he is all for it. If you have a night raid that kills five or six innocent civilians and maybe some really low-ranking 19-year-old kid who joined the Taliban, he is asking us to evaluate whether or not that is an appropriate balance.

So I think sometimes the very legitimate questions he is raising get blown out of proportion. And I think what we do, in talking with him — and I do it on a regular basis — is to make sure we listen well, and we understand exactly what the root of his concerns are. So we just — I met with him twice, and President Obama met with him, and we have had very in-depth conversations about the way forward. And what I described to you as the example that he gave is exactly what I think he means.

QUESTION: Well, let me ask you. What do you say to the parents of an American 19-year-old, the parents who have lost a 19-year-old in Afghanistan, when they hear that the President of Afghanistan says we’re being intrusive there? What do you say to those people?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we say it — and the President, of course, signs a letter to everyone — every family that loses someone in Afghanistan — we say, “We are making progress in the ground.” That is indisputable. It’s not only something we believe; the Afghans believe it, and all of our NATO ISAF allies believe it.

Number two, because this is a war against an enemy that doesn’t fight fairly, that is picking off civilians, using IEDs going after our troops, we have to be always as clear as we can that we are going after the real enemy, and not just making an offensive move that doesn’t have a positive military reason behind it.

But that 19-year-old who is out on an outpost in Afghanistan is standing up for American national security interests. And maybe there is always a question when you are trying to win the hearts and minds of a population while killing an enemy that lives and hides amidst that population, how best to do it. But I think our young men and women on the ground understand that better than perhaps those who are far from the fight. So this is something we always are asking ourselves, “How can we do it better? How do we protect our people? How do we protect the innocent Afghans? And how do we keep doing what we are doing successfully,” which is degrading and reversing the momentum of the Taliban?

QUESTION: All right. Well, let’s talk about this START Treaty. You know, Madam Secretary, on the President’s recent trip to Asia, he was totally blind-sided when he thought he was going to get a trade agreement in South Korea and the thing fell apart. Now he is saying that getting this START Treaty ratified by the Senate is — he is putting the highest priority on getting that done in this lame duck session in the Congress.

How — isn’t he risking another serious embarrassment? Because, frankly, he doesn’t have the votes to get it ratified in the Senate right now. Why has he said this is the highest priority right now?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Bob, first, I don’t think those are two analogous situations. I mean the President didn’t finalize a deal in Korea because he was not satisfied that the deal was in the best interests of America. And that’s what a President is supposed to do. And so he did the right thing. Obviously, he is continuing to negotiate to get a deal that is in the interests of the United States.

With respect to START, there is no doubt that the START Treaty is in the interest of the United States. Don’t just take it from me or from the President. Look at what Europeans, people like Angela Merkel or the foreign minister of Poland or the presidents of any of the Baltic countries or so many others are saying. They live next door to Russia. They know that this is in their interests. And they also know that, because we have no treaty, there is no inspection going on, there is no verification going on —

QUESTION: But, Madam Secretary, he doesn’t have the votes.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, but it’s always difficult to get these treaties through. It always takes a lot of presidential effort. And we are making the case that, number one, this is in America’s national security interests. Our friends and allies around the world support it. We need to get inspectors back on the ground. Remember what Ronald Reagan said when he was passing an arms control treaty with Russia? “Trust, but verify.” Right now we cannot verify. And this is the kind of important national security agreement that the Senate needs to be encouraged to stop and really study and focus on.

And, to be fair, Bob, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted it out on a big bipartisan vote. It couldn’t get the attention it needed before the election. The President is saying, “This needs to be dealt with in the lame duck session.” Senator Lugar, who knows more about arms control treaties than anybody else, I would argue, in our country probably at this point has said very passionately, “This must be done for the United States.”

QUESTION: But do you think you can get the votes? I guess that’s the question I have.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, but that’s what politics is about. And I have to say I am proud of the President for making this a priority, because he is putting it above politics, which is exactly where it needs to be. He believes so strongly that this is an important treaty to get done this year, that he is putting his enormous office efforts behind it. And, obviously, we are all doing everything we can.

Now, at the end of the day, the senators have to decide. But I would hope that this treaty would be treated as others — whether it was a Democratic or a Republican president — saw their treaties in arms control with the Russians treated, and that is this is beyond politics. Let’s pass it by an overwhelming bipartisan vote.

QUESTION: All right, but let me ask you quickly about this terror trials. We saw one of these people from Guantanamo. He almost walked out of a courtroom here, someone who was charged with blowing up our embassies in Kenya and another place in Africa. And he was acquitted of 284 criminal counts, convicted on only one. Now, mind you, I know he is going to pay some prison time.

Is it time, Madam Secretary, to start rethinking whether we ought to put these people in these civilian court rooms, and think about putting them before a military tribunal?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Bob, I don’t believe so, and here is why. The terrorists who are serving time in our maximum security prisons are there because of civilian courts, what are called Article III courts. Our Article III courts have a much better record of trying and convicting terrorists than military commissions do. And, in fact, this defendant, having been convicted, will be spending somewhere between 20 years and life.

And some of the evidence that was presented could not be used. But the rules of the military commission — which, remember, operates under military law — similarly would be disqualifying certain evidence. I believe that the vast majority of the defendants can be tried in Article III courts. But there are some who should not be. And they should be reserved for military commissions, for a variety of reasons. But I think that —

QUESTION: What about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Do you think he ought to be tried in a civilian court?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think that that is a case that is a very difficult one, because of all of the security issues and the other problems. There will be a recommendation made by the attorney general. But if you look at the case that was finished last week, a lot of the counts were related to evidence that, because it was connected in some way to the use of inappropriate interrogation methods, could not be used. And, as experts in military law have pointed out, that would also be a problem in a military commission.

So, I have no difficulty with people looking at this, expressing their concerns, expressing their opinions. But I would like to see us get a common basis of understanding of the facts as to what can and already has happened — and you can go and look at the roster of maximum security prisons in this country and see a lot of people who are there because of terrorism, compared to what hasn’t yet been proven to be possible within the military commission.

QUESTION: Let me ask you one final question. There is a big uproar in this country now about these new pat-downs that are going on as people try to get on airplanes. Now, do you think that this is necessary in the war against terrorism, or should we take another look at this?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Bob, I think that we have to be constantly asking ourselves, “How do we calculate the risk?” And sometimes we don’t calculate it correctly; we either overstate it or understate it. Clearly, as Secretary Napolitano has said, we are doing this because the terrorists keep getting more creative about what they do to hide explosives, and crazy things like underwear. So, clearly, there is a need.

Now, if there is a way to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance, that is something that I am sure can be considered. But everybody is trying to do the right thing.

QUESTION: Okay —

SECRETARY CLINTON: And I understand how difficult it is, and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it.

QUESTION: Final question. My time is up. But would you submit to one of these pat-downs?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Not if I could avoid it, no. I mean, who would?

QUESTION: All right. Thank you very much.

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