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Hillary Clinton To Journalists: 'Hold Me Accountable'

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton asked minority journalists to keep her accountable for the promises made throughout her campaign as well as in her platform.

"Keep holding all of us accountable," Clinton told the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at a joint convention, according to Talking Points Memo. "I do have this old-fashioned idea: When you run for president, you ought to tell the voters of America what you would do as president. So I am going to keep telling you what I would do because I want you to hold me accountable, press and citizens alike."

The event largely centered around immigration reform, with Clinton promising to make that issue a top priority if elected president, The Hill reports. 

"We are hoping the outcome of the election will send a clear message to our Republican friends that it's time to stop standing in the way,” she said.

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She also took aim at her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump, calling him misogynistic and xenophobic.

"At every turn, he stokes division and resentment," she said according to Talking Points Memo. "He is harkening back to the most shameful chapters of our history and appealing to the ugliest impulses of our society."

"I believe with all my heart that America is better than this," Clinton added. "America is better than Donald Trump."

Trump recently declined a similar opportunity to address minority journalists, The Hill notes. 

"I want you to hold me accountable, because the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been in our lifetime," she added.

The journalists then proceeded to hold her accountable during a question and answer session after her speech, saying that she misinterpreted FBI Director James Comey's evaluation of her testimony when she told Fox News that he concluded she never misled the public.

"I may have short-circuited it, and for that I will try to clarify," she said in response, according to The Hill. 

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had fiery words for Clinton shortly after the event concluded.

“By yet again falsely claiming that what Director Comey said at his press conference is consistent with what she told the American people about her reckless mishandling of classified information, Hillary Clinton is once again proving herself incapable of telling the truth to the nation," he said.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, The Hill / Photo credit: Flickr

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