Hillary Clinton brushed aside Sunday night the wrongdoings that have dogged her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president — including her reckless use of a private email system that the FBI determined involved the passing of classified information, which she continues to deny — claiming the allegations have “no basis in truth,” and represent the “Hillary standard.”
"I often feel like there's the Hillary standard, and then there's the standard for everybody else," she told CBS News “60 Minutes” in an interview that included her new running mate, Tim Kaine.
When asked to explain, Clinton claimed that allegations against her — that include those made by a Republican-led investigation into her role in the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead — are "unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited” and "take on a life of their own."
She went on to say that, "People are very willing to say things about me, to make accusations about me that are, I don't get upset about them anymore, but they, they are very regrettable."
When asked in the interview about what she calls Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in response to his repeated use of the term "Crooked Hillary," Clinton said she has no nickname.
Clinton said she won't "engage in that kind of insult-fest that he seems to thrive on."
She then went on to criticize the just-ended Republican National Convention, claiming, "I seem to be the only unifying-- theme that they had,” attacking the GOP speakers, claiming they painted a negative picture of the country "that I did not recognize. So I was saddened by it."
Clinton added that she will focus her campaign on telling voters that Trump "has hurt people in business time after time after time," and will also call attention to the "total disregard that he has shown toward large groups of people in our country."
Kaine said the repeated use of the term "Crooked Hillary," and chants of "lock her up" at last week's Republican convention was ridiculous.
The Virginia senator and former governor added that "most of us stopped the name-calling thing about fifth grade."
When asked by CBS’s Scott Pelly if he would be ready to be president if needed, Kaine said he was “ready to lead.”
"I think I'm ready to lead. I-- I'm ready first to be a supportive vice president so that the presidency of Hillary Clinton is-- is a fantastic one," Kaine said. "But if something were to put that in my path, as much as any human being would be ready, I'd be ready."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.