Hillary Clinton said Monday night she is ready for "new beginnings" when it comes to her relationship with the media on the heels of a scandal that has threatened to derail her planned presidential hopes.
During an event in Washington, D.C., Clinton said she's ready to shed a cloak that has kept many aspects of her life, including her official emails when she was Secretary of State from 2009-2013, a secret.
"I am all about new beginnings," Clinton said during the Toner Prize event, reports CNN
. "A new grandchild, another new hair style, a new email account, why not a new relationship with the press? So here goes, no more secrecy, no more zone of privacy. After all, what good did that do me?"
The annual event celebrates the life of the late Robin Toner, who was a reporter. The Toner Prize event recognizes a political journalist with an award. This year's winner was Dan Balz of The Washington Post.
Clinton told the media members in attendance she has been "ruminating" lately, hinting at her plans to run for president on the Democrat ticket.
"Before I go any further, if you look under your chairs, you will find a simple non-disclosure agreement. My attorney's drew it up. Old habits last," Clinton joked, reports CNN.
Clinton spoke more seriously when talking about Toners, who died in 2008, and the media as a whole.
"I believe we need more Robin Toners," she said.
"It has gotten even harder to do the kind of journalism that she did. Every day, you, the reporters and the writers in this room, are under more and more pressure from changes in technology, in the marketplace and, of course, in our politics."
Clinton has been under the cloud of an email scandal stemming from her time running the State Department. She admitted to using a personal email address run on a server located at her Chappaqua, N.Y. home, a deviation from the normal practice of using government email addresses.
Many reports have surfaced in the weeks following the revelations, ranging from claims that her unsecured email was in danger of being hacked
to statements that she broke the law
She is the leading Democrat of potential presidential candidates in all polls, and she's ahead of Democrats and Republicans in at least one poll
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