Full interview: 1-on-1 with Hillary Clinton in special hour-long 'Up Close'

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Eyewitness News goes one-on-one with Hillary Clinton
Political reporter Dave Evans has the latest details.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A weekend sprint is underway to the New York primary finish line for the candidates who want to be president, and Hillary Clinton appeared Sunday on a special hour-long episode of "Up Close".

And an angry Clinton is claiming that she is held to a different standard. She sat down with Eyewitness News political reporter Dave Evans to film the "Up Close" segment, where she blasted Bernie Sanders in a campaign that has turned nasty as of late.


"Sanders repeatedly says 'I've never run a negative campaign,'" she said. "Well he needs to look around him, listen to the people who talk before gets on at his rallies and hear what they say...I think he has played along with the negativity you find in his campaign."

The latest polling shows Clinton with a commanding lead in New York.

"On Tuesday, we have a big decision to make," she says in her latest ad, which touts her big endorsements. "And the New York Daily News and the New York Times already made theirs."

But Sanders has painted her as too rich and too tied to Wall Street.

"I have really been somewhat surprised to see the kinds of things the Sanders campaign is saying and implying," she said.

Clinton has earned a handsome payday from speeches to Wall Street executives, which she has kept secret, refusing to release the transcripts.

"You know, I've said I will when everybody does," she said. "I'm tired of being held to a different standard all the time."

She also takes exception to allegations that she is dishonest.

"I think it's regrettable," she said. "The people of New York voted for me twice. They counted on me. They trusted me."

Clinton spoke of frustration with Sanders, claiming he's flubbed interviews on his central theme of reforming Wall Street.

"He couldn't answer basic questions," she said. "He just keeps diagnosing the problem."

Still, she stopped short of questioning his qualifications.

"I've said I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any day," she said. "And I mean that."

Full interview with Hillary Clinton (CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON THE APP):

Dave Evans interviews Hillary Clinton.

Full episode of Up Close:

Part 1: Interviews with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Eyewitness News talks with Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ahead of this week's New York primary.

Part 2: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Bill Ritter talks with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Part 3: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich

Bill Ritter talks with Republican presidential candidate John Kasich.

Part 4: Political analyst Douglas Muzzio

Bill Ritter talks with political analyst Douglas Muzzio.

Part 5: Mike Ryan of the New York City Board of Elections

Bill Ritter talks with Mike Ryan of the New York City Board of Elections.

Part 6: Close