SAN JUAN: Hillary Clinton refused to apologize Friday for using a private email account as US secretary of state despite an uproar dogging her presidential campaign, as she knocked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Faced with eroding support, the Democratic hopeful for next year’s election offered the most comprehensive public remarks yet about the email controversy.
But asked directly in a half-hour interview whether she wanted to apologize to the American people for her actions, Clinton demurred.
“I certainly wish that I had made a different choice,” she answered, admitting she was “sorry” for the confusion caused.
“I take responsibility. I should have had two accounts: one for personal and one for work-related” emails.
But she insisted, as she has from the beginning, that “it was allowed and it was fully above board.”
The lingering email saga has weighed on Clinton’s popularity, with a Gallup poll released Friday showing her favorability rating at 41 percent, compared to 51 percent who view her unfavorably—the lowest level since 1992.
But Clinton, who has long dismissed the email saga as a manufactured imbroglio, expressed optimism about her presidential bid and said she was confident of voters’ trust.
“I am very confident that by the time this campaign has run its course people will know that what I’ve been saying is accurate,” Clinton told MSNBC.
“The American people will know they can trust me when it comes to standing up to them and advocating for them and being their champion.”
It was only the third sit-down television interview of her campaign, far fewer than just about all of her Democratic and Republican rivals.
She used the opportunity to slam her Republican rival Trump, saying his attack-mode campaign “is a bad development for our American political system.”
Clinton signaled she was not going to participate in the bluster and showmanship that have been hallmarks of the real estate tycoon’s campaign.
“He’s great at innuendo and conspiracy theories and really defaming people,” she said. “That’s not what I want to do in my campaign, and that’s not how I’m going to conduct myself.”