Hillary Clinton answers questions about emails

Democratic presidential candidate talked about e-mails, servers, and contributions to her foundation

(CNN) – It wasn’t exactly Hillary Clinton unplugged, but for the first time in 28 days, she answered questions on the campaign trail.

About those e-mails as Secretary of State… “I have said repeatedly, I want those emails out, nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.”

The State Department initially said it could take until January to release all 55,000 pages. A judge said they should come sooner, in smaller batches.

Clinton said she agreed, even though her insistence on a private email server as secretary of state started the whole controversy.

“I’m repeating it here in front of all of you today, I want them out as soon as they can get out.”

On her second visit to Iowa, she hoped to talk about reviving small businesses. But she’s been dogged by criticism of not taking questions as other candidates do. So she relented, and even flashed a smile – until we asked about what kind of relationship she would have – if elected president – with old controversial Clinton allies.

“I have many, many old friends.”

The particular friend in question is Sidney Blumenthal, who sent her private emails on Libya, which she passed around the government.

She did not say whether she knew he had business interests at stake.

“He sent me unsolicited emails which I passed on. I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are.”

She also defended the Clinton Foundation and its foreign donations.

“I’m so proud of the foundation, I’m proud of the work it has done and is doing. // I’ll let the American people make their own judgments about that.”

On the Iraq War, an issue tripping up Republicans, she made her regret clear.

“I know there have been a lot of questions about Iraq posed to candidates over the last weeks, I’ve made it very clear that I’ve made a mistake – plain and simple.

Finally, she also said her wealth – $25 million for 104 speeches since January 2014 – wouldn’t make it harder to connect to those everyday Americans she talks about on the campaign trail.

“Obviously Bill and I have been blessed. And we’re very grateful for the opportunities that we’ve had but we’ve never forgotten where we’ve come.”

But those questions are hardly the only ones she’s facing. Democrats have been calling on her to take a stand on trade. But she walked a careful line.

“I want to judge the final agreement. I’ve been for trade agreements. I’ve been against trade agreements.”

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