Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCPAC attendees seen waving Russian flags Michael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE was pressed in an interview late Monday about the scheduling of Democratic presidential debates this cycle, which has been roundly criticized by her Democratic rivals.
"Well, Rachel, I really don't have any knowledge of that," Clinton responded in the phone interview.
"I’m not saying that nobody representing me or the other campaigns didn't express an opinion," Clinton said. "But it was my understanding that in looking at the sequencing of these debates, looking at the numbers of people who watched back in '08, there was a decision to try to have a monthly debate once people were beginning to pay attention and try to drive more viewership."
Clinton's rivals, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMichael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ Tommy Chong: Trump pot crackdown 'will be defeated in court' DNC chair campaigns scramble ahead of tight vote MORE (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, have both criticized Democratic officials for the scheduling of the debates on weekends or before holidays.
The latest debate broadcast Sunday night came on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and last month's debate was scheduled for the Saturday before Christmas.
"I love the debates," Clinton insisted Monday night, dodging when asked if she wished there were more debates after the host noted Sunday's event was the last one until mid-February.