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Clinton Tries to Explain Bosnia Comments


From CBS News' John Bentley

Hillary Clinton continued to take fire from the press today about not taking fire in Bosnia 12 years ago. "For the first time in 12 or so years, I misspoke," Clinton said today on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. "This has been a very long campaign. Occasionally, I am a human being like everybody else."
Clinton has been facing heat over comments she made about visiting Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as first lady. "Everyone else was told to sit on their bulletproof vests," Clinton said back on March 17. "And we came in, in an evasive maneuver....There was no greeting ceremony, and we basically were told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened."

Video from CBS News, however, shows that is not what happened. Clinton is accompanied by her daughter Chelsea, as well comedian Sinbad and singer Sheryl Crow, and there is no evidence of sniper fire, as she has maintained. "I went to 80 countries, you know," she said. "I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things - millions of words a day - so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."

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."

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