by CRISTIANO LIMA · September 8, 2017
Hillary Clinton’s memoir, titled “What Happened,” is set to debut Tuesday. | Charlie Neibergall/AP
Hillary Clinton, in her first public interview to promote her new book, concedes that she may have “missed a few chances” to respond to Donald Trump’s actions and connect with voters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During the pre-recorded interview, which aired Sunday on CBS, the former secretary of state again recalled a moment during the second debate with Trump in which he seemed to follow her around the stage.
“It was so discombobulating,” Clinton told CBS anchor Jane Pauley on “Sunday Morning.” In previously reported excerpts, she said the moment made her “skin crawl.”
The former Democratic presidential nominee said that while at the time she sought to maintain her composure, that moment, along with others, may have presented a missed opportunity for her to respond to Trump’s actions.
“I think in this time we’re in, particularly in this campaign, you know, maybe I missed a few chances,” she said.
In the interview, Clinton was disparaging of the president and his whole approach to the presidency.
“We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, ‘Boy, it’s so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea.’ Well, yeah, because it’s not a show. It’s real. It’s reality for sure.”
She also told Pauley: “I had not drafted a concession speech. I’d been working on a victory speech.”
Clinton’s memoir, titled “What Happened” and set to debut Tuesday, will serve as a retelling of the successes and shortcomings of her failed presidential bid.
While Clinton in the past has openly taken responsibility for the failures of her campaign, she has also repeatedly lashed out those she saw as detractors, from former FBI director James Comey to the media to the Russian foreign influence campaign — a theme seemingly echoed in her new book.
“I go back over my own shortcomings and the mistakes we made,” Clinton writes, according to early excerpts of the book. “I take responsibility for all of them.”
But, she adds, “I wasn’t just running against Donald Trump. I was up against the Russian intelligence apparatus, a misguided FBI director, and now the godforsaken Electoral College.”
In the memoir, Clinton also takes jabs at former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, her Democratic primary opponent, both of whom she faulted for causing “lasting damage” to her campaign.
Of Biden, she writes, according to a copy of the book obtained by CNN: “Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class.’ I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.”