Hillary Clinton says she had “long day” at Benghazi hearing

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks about her “long day” testifying before the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 23, 2015) (RESTRICTED POOL) – The day after a marathon session testifying before a committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about her “long day” during a speech at a Democratic party gathering in Washington on Friday (October 23).

Clinton told to the Democratic Women’s Leadership Forum that she was glad to finally have the opportunity to answer questions about her handling of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, which took place while she was Secretary of State.

“As some of you may know I had a pretty long day yesterday but I finally got to answer questions, something I’ve been pushing for literally a year. And I am just grateful I recovered my voice, which I lost a little bit but as I said at the start I wanted to rise above partisanship and reach for statesmanship and that is what I tried to do,” Clinton said.

Clinton also took the opportunity to praise the achievements of Vice-President Joe Biden.

Biden had been considering a rival bid for the Democratic nomination for president, but announced this week that he had decided not to run. Biden, whose 2016 deliberations have fueled months of rampant media and political speculation, said that while he felt the window to launch a campaign had closed, he would not be silent during the nomination process, pledging to spend his remaining time in office working to influence his party and the nomination.

Clinton also implied that she believed the investigation was motivated by partisanship when she spoke about the recent Republican attacks on the organization Planned Parenthood.

“After my experience yesterday, I am just amazed that they’re even talking about setting up another special investigative committee, this time to investigate Planned Parenthood. I think we all know by now that this is just code for a partisan witch hunt. Haven’t we seen enough of that?”

Clinton passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress.