Colorado's legalized marijuana policy lets the rest of the nation see "what works and what doesn't" — and the federal government shouldn't "interfere" in the meantime, front-running Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says.
In an interview set to air Sunday by a Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-TV
, Clinton waded into a debate on which she declined to comment
at the first face-off of Democratic presidential contenders hosted by CNN Tuesday night, asserting in the new interview her administration would respect the decision of local voters on the matter.
The videotaped remarks were released Thursday.
"I really believe it's important that states like Colorado lead the way so we can learn what works and what doesn't work," she tells the news station. "I would certainly not want the federal government to interfere with the legal decision made by the people of Colorado."
"I want to give you the space" to experiment with the marijuana policy, she adds, "and I want other states to learn from you."
Clinton also reiterates it was a mistake to use a private email server while Secretary of State — an issue she's expected to address
as well before a Select Committee on Benghazi in Congress.
"I've taken responsibility for what I did. And it was a mistake," she says. "The State Department allowed it at the time and I've tried to be as transparent as possible. I'll be appearing before the Congress next week and answering a lot of questions."
And responding to a question about whether she hopes Vice President Joe Biden doesn't jump into the race, Clinton declared: "I'm not hoping anything."
"I have to run my campaign no matter who else is in the race and so I'm just going to give him the space that he needs to try to resolve this in his own mind," Clinton said.
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