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Clinton Refuses Biden Questions; Criticizes Trump

Clinton Refuses Biden Questions; Criticizes Trump
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By    |   Friday, 04 September 2015 02:18 PM

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton Friday refused to address political questions about potential nomination challenger Joe Biden, saying that the vice president has a "very difficult decision" to make when it comes to seeking the presidency.

"You can see him struggling with it, and I just wish the best for him and his family," the former secretary of state told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell during a lengthy interview on her noon cable news show, refusing a question about if there are "real differences" between herself and Biden on domestic and foreign policies.

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If Biden continues as vice president, she continued, "he will continue to serve with a great distinction," Clinton continued. "If he gets into this race, there will be plenty of time to get into the debate and the back and forth. But I think everybody should give him the space and respect he deserves to make what is a very difficult choice for him and his family."

On Thursday, Biden, who lost his son Beau to cancer earlier this year, said that he is trying to determine if he has the emotional energy needed to mount a White House bid, and that the most relevant factor will be "whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run."

But she and her campaign, particularly close aide Huma Abedin, have come under attack from GOP front-runner Donald Trump, and Clinton said she can take it.

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"That's just par for the course," said Clinton, calling Trump "the candidate of being against."

"I do regret that he is going after so many people, any of them by name, from great basketball players to people who express different opinions from him," she said.

"I think it's an unfortunate development in American politics that his campaign is all about who he's against, whether it's immigrants or women broadcasters or aides of other candidates."

She also shot back on a comment that Trump has made about Abedin taking a State Department salary while being paid by an outside company associated with her husband.

"Everything that she did was approved under the rules as they existed by the State Department," said Clinton. "You know, he's great at innuendo and conspiracy theories and really defaming people. That's not what I want to do in my campaign. And that's not how I'm going to conduct myself."

She also believes the eventual president needs to be careful about what he or she says.

"For more than 20 years, I've seen the importance of the president of the United States, the leader, not only of our nation, but of the world, having to send messages that will be received by all kinds of people," Clinton said.

"Loose talk, threats, insults, they have consequences. So I'm going to conduct myself as I believe is appropriate for someone seeking the highest office in our country."

Clinton also noted that she will be giving a speech next Wednesday on the Iran agreement, as she helped enact sanctions that brought the country to the negotiating table.

"I will be outlining in great detail both why I support the agreement but equally importantly, what I would do as president to enforce it, to hold Iran accountable, and to make clear that no options were off the table that they can never ever have a nuclear weapon," she said.

"This is not only about the agreement and what looks to be its approval by the Congress. It's about what comes next."

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Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton Friday refused to address political questions about potential nomination challenger Joe Biden, saying that the vice president has a "very difficult decision" to make when it comes to seeking the presidency.
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