Anthony Weiner says he's still seeing a therapist, hints at Hillary Clinton run

(CBS News) Anthony Weiner, the embattled New York mayoral candidate gave a candid interview Monday night, opening about about his sexting scandal, politics and his family.

The interview took place at a Manhattan bar, but Weiner skipped the traditional beer for an iced coffee. The interview was with the viral Web site BuzzFeed. Weiner admitted he's still getting help in the wake of his sexting scandal. "Apparently you never go out of therapy. They just have this thing where you just remain in forever. But I still see a therapist from time to time."

Throughout the 45 minute sit-down interview, he opened up about everything from his campaign, to his wife Huma Abedin -- a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. Asked if he knows what Abedin's role would be in Clinton's 2016 campaign, would be Weiner said, "I do." Pressed on what it will be, Weiner said, "I'm not telling you."

Asked, "Do you feel like you've damaged her place in that world?" Weiner said, "I feel that what I've done is hurt her, yeah. It's hurt her professionally. It's hurt her personally."

The interview came hours after a new poll revealed that a record 80 percent of New York voters have an unfavorable opinion of the mayoral hopeful.

While Weiner didn't mention the polls or the scandal in a new TV ad, he did call out his critics, saying, "Look, powerful voices have made it clear from the very beginning that they didn't want me to win. But this isn't about what they want. They've gotten their way for far too long."

Throughout the interview, Weiner blasted what he called the media's "brutal" coverage of his campaign, at one point taking aim at a major newspaper: "The New York Times -- wait for it -- doesn't want me to win," he said. "This is the same people who brought you a third term for Mike Bloomberg. I don't care, and it makes them nuts that I don't care!"

He didn't even spare host - and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief - Ben Smith. Weiner said, "You can do this or show video of cats, whatever it is you do at Buzzfeed."

Weiner also said he hasn't spoken to the Clintons in months. He said, in general, he's keeping his distance from his colleagues in public life because he knows he has a lot to prove to them.

Watch Elaine Quijano's full report above.

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