WASHINGTON, Sept 5 : Hillary Clinton refused to apologize on Friday for using a private email account as US secretary of state despite an uproar dogging her presidential campaign, as she knocked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Faced with eroding support, the Democratic hopeful for next year`s election offered the most comprehensive public remarks yet about the email controversy.
But asked directly in a half-hour interview whether she wanted to apologize to the American people for her actions, Hillary demurred. "I certainly wish that I had made a different choice," she answered, admitting she was "sorry" for the confusion caused. "I take responsibility. I should have had two accounts: one for personal and one for work-related" emails.
But she insisted, as she has from the beginning, that "it was allowed and it was fully above board."
The lingering email saga has weighed on Hillary`s popularity, with a Gallup poll released on Friday showing her favourability rating at 41 percent, compared to 51 percent who view her unfavourably -- the lowest level since 1992.
But Hillary, who has long dismissed the email saga
as a manufactured imbroglio, expressed optimism
about her presidential bid and said she was confident of voters` trust. ?AFP