Clinton: ‘I’m Not A Natural Politician’

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March 9, 2016 10:11 p.m.

Hillary Clinton said Wednesday night that one of the reasons she has struggled at times in her campaign is not that she doesn’t care, but that she is “not a natural politician.”

“I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama,” Clinton said at Univision’s Democratic presidential debate. “So I have a view that I just have to do the best I can, get the results I can, make a difference in people’s lives and hope that people see that I’m fighting for them and that I can improve conditions economically and other ways that will benefit them and their families.”

Clinton’s response came after the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty asked why so many Americans don’t trust her. A recent Washington Post poll found that only 37 percent of Americans found Clinton “honest and trustworthy.”

“It’s painful for me to hear that. And I do take responsibility. When you’re in public life, even if you believe that it’s not an opinion that you think is fair or founded, you do have to take responsibility and I do,” Clinton said. “And I also have, you know, very much committed to the best of my ability my energies and efforts to helping people. That’s something that I care deeply about, and I will continue to do that.”

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