Clinton Slams Benghazi Critics in Exit Interview

Calls politics a 'contact sport,' but doesn't speculate about political future

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 1, 2013 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is going out swinging. In her last one-on-one interview before stepping down as secretary of state today, Clinton yesterday told the AP that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was the low point of her tenure—and slammed Republicans who subsequently "politicized" the killings of Chris Stevens and three other Americans. "I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts," Clinton said, noting that "they just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that's regrettable."

Clinton also refused to speculate about 2016 and her future political plans, saying only that she wanted to concentrate on writing another memoir and speaking out on issues she cares about. "I am going to be secretary of state until the very last minute when I walk out the door," she said. "And then I am going to take the weekend off and then I may start thinking about all the various offers and requests and ideas that have come my way."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on American leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, yesterday.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on American leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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