What Hillary Believes

Her opponents say she tries to have it both ways. Pundits charge that she's slippery. Joe Klein sits down with the New York Senator to hear her side

Alex Tehrani for TIME

Hillary Clinton at the Festhalle Barn at the Amana Colonies, Iowa, on November 6, 2007

A few days after her roughest night as a candidate — the Oct. 30 Democratic presidential debate — Hillary Clinton could be found ambling along a spectacular bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in a town called Clinton, Iowa, with former Vice President Walter Mondale, a ghost of Democratic disasters past. It was the photo op for an endorsement that seemed a potential kiss of death. Mondale is a smart and decent man, but he ran the worst sort of cautious front-runner campaign for the nomination in 1984, was nearly upended by the younger, more dynamic Gary Hart in the...

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