Hillary Clinton: "People Should And Do Trust Me"

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In her interview with Hillary Clinton, CNN's Brianna Keilar confronted the Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State about her low poll numbers when it comes to trustworthiness.

Clinton blamed her weak trustworthy numbers on a "constant barrage of attacks" from the right.

"This has been a theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years," Clinton said about attacks on her character. "And at the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out. I have great confidence. I trust the American voter, so I trust the American voter 100%, because I think the American voter will weigh these kinds of accusations."

"People are going to know who will fight for them, who will be there when they need them, and that's the kind of person I am, and that's what I will do, not only in a campaign, but as president," Clinton said.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: I'm wondering if you can address a vulnerability that we've seen you dealing with recently. We see in our recent poll, that nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they don't believe that you're honest and trustworthy. Do you understand why they feel that way?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think when you are subjected to the kind of constant barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right.

KEILAR: But do you bear any responsibility for it?

CLINTON: I can only tell you that I was elected twice in New York against the same kind of onslaught. I was confirmed and served as Secretary of State. And I think it's understandable that when questions are raised people maybe are thinking about them, and wondering about them, but I have every confidence that during the course of this campaign people are going to know who will fight for them, who will be there when they need them, and that's the kind of person I am, and that's what I will do, not only in a campaign, but as president.

KEILAR: Trusting someone to fight for them and trusting someone, these are two different things. Do you see any role that you've had in this sentiment that we've seen where people are questioning whether you're trustworthy?

CLINTON: I can only tell you, Brianna, that this has been a theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years. And at the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out. I have great confidence. I trust the American voter, so I trust the American voter 100%, because I think the American voter will weigh these kinds of accusations.

You know, people write books filled with unsubstantiated attacks against us and even admit they have no evidence. But, of course, it's your job to cover it, so of course it's going to raise questions in people's minds, but during the course of the campaign, just as in my two prior campaigns and in my other years of service, I have a lot of confidence that the American people can sort it all out.

KEILAR: Would you vote for someone you don't trust?

CLINTON: Well people should and do trust me and I have every confidence that that will be the outcome of this election. I cannot decide what the attacks on me will be no matter how unfounded. And I'm well aware of the fact that it's your job to raise those and we'll do our best to respond to them, but I think what people talked to me about and that's all I can go on is the literally thousands of people that I've seen in the course of this campaign. They want to know what I'm going to do for the economy, what I'm going to do for education, what I'm going to do for healthcare, and they trust me to have a plan and to be committed to carrying out that plan, and they should. Because I will.

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