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Hillary's Town Hall On CNN

 


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Washington (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton is taking questions from CNN International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and a studio audience at the Newseum in Washington as she tours the country and promotes her memoir "Hard Choices."
As she has been in the public eye for the better part of three decades, it might seem that we know everything there is to know about the former first lady, secretary of state, U.S. senator and 2008 and possible 2016 presidential candidate.
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But there's much left for her to comment on: the capture of a key suspect in the Benghazi terror attack, the rise of al Qaeda-inspired militants in Iraq, the Keystone XL pipeline, the legalization of marijuana and the war on drugs.
5:32 p.m.: An audience member asked Clinton if she thinks a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would help curb gun violence in the U.S. Clinton responded: "Yes, I do."
"What's been happening with these school shootings should cause everyone to think hard," she added. "We cannot let a minority of people--and that's what it is, a minority--hold a view point that terrorizes (people)."
5:29 p.m.: Asked about her thoughts on legalizing marijuana, Clinton weighed in for the first time on the subject. "At the risk of crating radical candor, I think we need to be very clear about the use for marijuana for medicinal use," she said. On the recreational use of the substance, she said "states are the laboratories of democracies."
"I want to wait to see what the evidence is," she said.
5:26 p.m.: Asked if the immigrant children from Central America who have recently flooded into the United States should be allowed to stay, Clinton said, "It may be safer but that's not the answer."
She argued the U.S. should provide emergency care to the children, but stressed they should be reunited with their families back at home.
Clinton said the U.S. needs to "send a clear message that just because your child gets across the border doesn't mean your child gets to stay."
She mentioned that Vice President Joe Biden, another potential 2016 presidential contender, is in Central America today with the same message.
5:18 p.m.: Clinton favored arming Syrian rebels while she was secretary of state, but the Obama administration turned her down. Now the U.S. is engaged in helping rebels with some aid. Asked if she believes the administration should have done this more than two years ago, Clinton said, "It's very difficult in retrospect to say that would have prevented this--there were a lot of forces at work."
"It is important for us to know what's happening on the ground in these places," she said. "Unless you build relationships with these people...you lose content."
"If we had gone in earlier and tried to help the so-called 'moderates,' I'm not sure that it would have turned the tide," she later said.
5:10 p.m.: Should the U.S. get involved militarily in Iraq with Iran? "I am not prepared to say we go in with Iran right now until we have a better idea of what we're getting ourselves into," Clinton said.
5:07 p.m.: Asked if she should have ordered Ambassador Chris Stevens to leave Libya, given that it was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Clinton said "If any of us had known, we would have certainly cautioned and maybe even direct people to shelter in place...and wait to see what was going to happen."
5:06 p.m.: Clinton said she's "still looking for answers" on Benghazi "because it was a confusing and difficult time." Asked specifically what she still wants to know, Clinton said "there's a lot we don't know," such as who was behind the attack and what was their motivation.
5:04 p.m.: Clinton said she's "very pleased" that the U.S. captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a militia leader alleged to have been a mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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