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Hillary Clinton Is 'Done With Being A Candidate'

| by Robert Fowler
Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has disclosed that she will not seek another bid for political office. Clinton, while promoting a new memoir on the 2016 presidential race, said that she regretted some of her decisions during her campaign but also offered criticism for her victorious opponent, President Donald Trump.

On Sept. 10, Clinton sat down for her first interview since the November 2016 election. While the former Democratic nominee shot down the prospect of another campaign, she added that she would remain active in national politics.

"I am done with being a candidate," Clinton told CBS News. "But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake."

Sept. 12, Clinton will release a new book that will offer her take on the election, titled "What Happened." Excerpts from the memoir have included criticisms of Trump, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former FBI director James Comey and her own decisionmaking during the campaign.

"You can blame the data, blame the message, blame anything you want, but I was the candidate," Clinton wrote, according to CNN. "It was my campaign. Those were my decisions."

The former Democratic nominee also asserted that she had run "a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly-built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans' anger and resentment."

Clinton stated during her latest interview that she felt lost following election night, noting that she had not planned on losing to Trump.

"I felt like I had let everybody down," Clinton continued. "I had not drafted a concession speech. I'd been working on a victory speech... I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness."

Clinton added that the transition from being a presumed front-runner for the presidency to resuming civilian life left her "gob-smacked, wiped out."

The former Democratic nominee stressed that she believed alleged Russian interference and Comey's late-breaking letter during the presidential race had helped tilt the election against. She also said that her controversial use of a private email server as Secretary of State had damaged her campaign.

"Oh, I think the -- the most important of the mistakes I made was using personal email... It was presented in such a negative way, and I never could get out from under it," Clinton said. "And it never stopped."

On Sept. 5, a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that 64 percent of likely voters believed that Clinton had broken the law by using a private server while 30 percent thought her conduct was legal, according to The Hill.

Clinton also had fierce criticism for Trump, asserting that his movement was fueled by white grievance and that he did not take the responsibilities of the Oval Office seriously.

"We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president," Clinton said. "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."

Sources: CBS NewsCNN, The Hill / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Kristopher Harris/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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