Clinton Admits Mistake When Recounting Trip to Bosnia


From CBS News' Fernando Suarez

GREENSBURG, PA. -- Hillary Clinton said she "made a mistake" in describing a trip she took to Bosnia while first lady, a trip she implied was more dangerous and more chaotic than actually took place. "You know, I think that the military and secret service did a good job and we certainly took precautions, no doubt about that and I remember that clearly but I did make a mistake talking about it the last time and recently," Clinton said.

Clinton's trip back in 1996 became a campaign issue when CBS News video of the trip surfaced, and told a much different story than what Clinton remembered. Earlier this week, Clinton said that due to sniper fire, there was "no greeting ceremony," and added that she and those traveling on the military transport airplane and had to "run to our cars," none of which was reflected in the footage.

"Look, I made a mistake," said Clinton, "and, you know, I had a different memory and my staff and others have all kind of come together, you know, trying to sort out, so I made a mistake, that happens because I'm human which, you know for some people is a revelation."

Hoping to turn attention back to her opponent, she told the Pittsburgh Post-Review that she would have left her church if her pastor made the kind of comments Jeremiah Wright made. "He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said about the minister of Barack Obama's church. "I spoke out against Don Imus, saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that."

During a campaign event prior to her press conference, Clinton said that there "are some in Washington and there some in the media who want this race to be over…We still have 10 contests and millions of people to go and with Pennsylvania's help I believe I will be the Democratic nominee for president." When asked about those comments at the press conference, and whether she is facing outside pressure to drop out of the race Clinton said, "No, but I hear it in the atmosphere, but the most common thing people say to me – it happened here, it happened last night, it happens everywhere – is 'don't give up', 'keep going', 'we're with you' and I feel really good about that because that is what I intend to do."