The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, 59, at the Women for Women International luncheon in Manhattan on May 2, and she made it crystal clear: the election may be over, but she's not done fighting against Donald Trump, 70!
"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28th and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off", Clinton said. "I was the person on the ballot", she said.
"I think it would have been a really big deal" to elect the first female president, Clinton said.
Although polls had largely favored Clinton over the Republican nominee, the race shifted following WikiLeaks' release of Clinton campaign emails and news that the FBI would examine additional evidence related to the Democrat's use of a private email server as secretary of state - an investigation that closed without any recommended charges. "I think we are potentially going backwards".More news: Being US President 'big burden on the family'
"I'm back to being an activist citizen - and part of the resistance", she said.
Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group, told the McClatchy publishing group that, in his organization's analysis, Clinton's failure to attract the number of voters Obama did in 2012 accounted for about 70 percent of why she lost.
Although Clinton lost some states by very narrow margins (and easily won the popular vote) - which supports the idea of Russia/Comey tipping the balance - her team also took some states like Wisconsin and MI for granted and paid the price. If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have lot of things to worry about.
This lack of affordable, fast internet service in some places means kids don't have the "technical capacity to actually do the homework assignments that they are given", she said.More news: 'I thought it would be easier'
Clinton also acknowledged her part in the election upset.
She also came for President Trump a few times during the 40-minute conversation (though she only mentioned him by name once), saying she would've been prepared for the presidency and for "healthcare [which] is complicated ... and so is other stuff that lands on a president's desk". She called writing the book "a painful process" of reliving the campaign.
"He (Russian President Vladimir Putin) certainly interfered in our election", Clinton said.
She was unplugged, candid and unvarnished, ditching the cautious, stilted political speak that has constrained her public persona for decades, seemingly now at a point of her life where she does not care what people think.More news: Turkey's EU dream is over, for now, top official says