"What I had done was allowed, it was above board. But in retrospect, as I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. One for personal, one for work-related emails. That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility."
This is most direct apology yet. In an MSNBC interview last week, she said,
"At the end of the day I am sorry that this has been confusing to people."
Clinton is also acknowledging that she could have handled the situation better:
"I do think I could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier. I really didn't perhaps appreciate the need to do that."
Her decision comes after an investigation found two emails to contain classified information. The Clinton campaign said no emails were marked classified at the time, and they dispute what is considered classified.
Of course, she is also trying to rebuild her image. In a recent questionnaire, respondents most commonly associated the word "liar" with Clinton ("dishonest" was second).
- Should Clinton have apologized earlier? Would it have made a difference in her campaign?
- What's your prediction for Clinton's campaign at this point?