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Hillary Clinton on Benghazi: No regrets for 'What difference does it make?'

Hillary Clinton told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview Monday that she does not regret uttering the famous line to Senator Ron Johnson, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" during a Senate committee hearing on the attack in Benghazi last year.

Hillary Clinton during Senate hearing on Benghazi
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When asked whether it made a difference, Clinton said, "In the moment, it did not. In the moment, what we had to be focused on was saving American lives." Sawyer probed, "Does it make a difference now? Do you want to change that...?"

Clinton responded, "No. No I don't because the point of what I said at the time was - you know - if you're going to stay fixated on things like talking points, or fixated on whether or not everybody was affected or not by the video, your missing the larger picture."

While it is true that the issue of "talking points" pales in comparison to the many unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi terror attack, the origin of the talking points is relevant, as there have been many contradictions in official statements.

Clinton said,

“I view this as really apart from - even a diversion from - the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world."

While she said that she takes responsibility for the attack, she also said she is "not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be." She continued, "That's why we hire people who have that expertise."

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