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Hillary Clinton calls Vladimir Putin ‘thin-skinned’, clarifies Hitler reference

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State speaks during an event at the University of Miamis BankUnited Center on February 26, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida.
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After a Tuesday fundraiser in Long Beach where former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had equated Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, Clinton found the need to clarify her statement on Wednesday.

Clinton made the following statement on Tuesday:

"Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the '30s"

"The Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, 'They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people' — and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous."

In an address at UCLA on Wednesday, Clinton reiterated that she was not putting Putin in the same category of Hitler, just noting that claims by Putin and other Russian leaders that they needed to go into Crimea to protect Russian minorities were "reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities" in Poland and Czechoslovakia.

"So I just want everybody to have a little bit more perspective," Clinton said. "I’m not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we can perhaps learn from this tactic that has been used before."

"I know we are dealing with a tough guy with a thin skin," she said during a speech at UCLA, citing her experiences with Putin during her time at the State Department.

"I know that his political vision is of a greater Russia," she added. "I said when I was still secretary that his goal is to re-Sovietize Russia’s periphery, but in the process he is squandering the potential of such a great nation, the nation of Russia, and threatening instability and even the peace of Europe."

Clinton continued her UCLA address praising President Obama's response to the Ukrainian crisis. Clinton also echoed that the Russian involvement in Crimea violates international law.

"As President Obama has said, the Russian intervention in Crimea violates international law and it is therefore of deep concern to the United States and our allies,"

"I support the administration’s call for Russia to respect its obligations and to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine."

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