Clinton touts 'passionate commitment to helping people'

Democratic frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE gives a candid view of both her strengths and weaknesses during a new interview in an email newsletter aimed at young adults.


"I am impatient and I sometimes come across as impatient, which is not always attractive, and [I] get really frustrated with people who don't understand what I think it's going to take to make our country great tomorrow just like we were yesterday," she writes in Thursday's Skimm newsletter when asked to share her greatest weakness.

On the flip side, she sees her greatest strength as her "passionate commitment to helping people" and trumpets the importance of providing women with economic opportunity. The newsletter's founders are two women who wanted to make news digestible in a short period of time.

"I feel so strongly that I had a lot of opportunities and that there are people, particularly women, who are just as talented and hardworking, but who haven't had the same chances that I had," she says.

"One of the reasons why in all of my economic policies that I am talking about in this campaign I really put women at the center — and it's not just because I am one — it's because when women succeed, families do better, America does better."

When asked how she'd handle the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq And Syria (ISIS), Clinton echoes her push while in the Obama administration to arm Syrian rebels to fight against President Bashar al-Assad, noting that the administration didn't initially take that route.

"It's always hard in retrospect to say what would've happened if something else had been decided so I don't want to be in a position where I'm second guessing," she says.

"Our efforts now to try to train and arm so-called moderates inside of Syria is made much more difficult because al-Qaeda groups, ISIS groups, other terrorist groups have really flooded the zone."

Clinton also ticks through her stances on issues including the economy, healthcare, education and climate change. She reiterated her support for the Iran nuclear deal, which the administration began negotiating on during her time as secretary of State, adding that she would be sure to be "tough on enforcement" if she is president.

She's not the first candidate to take part in the newsletter interview. Clinton's main rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), participated last week. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D), Carly Fiorina (R) and former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) have also taken part.