In an interview that will air tonight, Hillary Clinton will tell Diane Sawyer that the Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead is "more of a reason to run" for president of the United States.
“Actually, it's more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton tells Sawyer. “I view this as really apart from -- even a diversion from -- the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”
Clinton also says that while takes "responsibility," others are to blame for the security situation in Benghazi.
“Well, I certainly would give anything on earth if this had not happened. And I certainly would wish that we had made some of the changes that came to our attention to make as a result of the investigation. But I also am clear in my own mind that we had a system and that system, of course, ended with me,” Clinton says in the interview. “I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.”
Clinton said her role in securing the American mission in Benghazi, which came under attack on Sept. 11, 2012, was to give "very direct instructions" to security experts and she said she was right to defer to their judgment.
"What I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security," Clinton told Sawyer, referring to her actions prior to the attack that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. "I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be," she added. "That's why we hire people who have that expertise."
The interview, which has already been taped, will air on ABC.