The Courier-Mail

What I did was allowed: Hillary

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CEDAR RAPIDS: Hillary Clinton yesterday said she does not need to apologise for using a private email account and server while at the US State Department because “what I did was allowed”.

During a campaign swing through Iowa, which kicks off next year’s state-by-state primary campaign, the frontrunne­r for the Democratic presidenti­al nomination also said the lingering questions about her email practices while serving as US President Barack Obama’s top diplomat have not damaged her campaign

“Not at all. It’s a distractio­n, certainly,” Ms Clinton said.

“But it hasn’t in any way affected the plan for our campaign. And I still feel very confident about the organisati­on and the message that my campaign is putting out.”

Yet even in calling the inquiry into how she used email while she was the nation’s top diplomat “a distractio­n”, Ms Clinton played down how it has affected her personally.

“As the person who has been at the centre of it, not very much,” she said.

“I have worked really hard this summer, sticking to my game plan.”

Ms Clinton (pictured) said it would have been a “better choice” for her to use separate email accounts for her personal and public business.

“I’ve also tried to not only take responsibi­lity, because it was my decision, but to be as transparen­t as possible,” she said. Part of that effort, Ms Clinton said, is answering any questions about her email “in as many different settings as I can”.

She noted she had sought for nearly a year to testify before Congress about the issue, and that she was now slated to do so in October.

On the Republican side, former Florida governor Jeb Bush heads into the next stage of the campaign locked in a fight with Donald Trump.

There is a new urgency in Mr Bush’s tone, which has moved from frustratio­n and annoyance with Mr Trump’s constant needling, to a willingnes­s to confront the brash billionair­e and call him out for his antics. And though he still relies on the policy-driven arguments that suit his wonkish style, the son and brother of former presidents is also acknowledg­ing what has powered Mr Trump’s rise: outrage with the political class his family embodies.

Bu t such anger alone, Mr Bush said, cannot prevail.

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