Hillary Clinton and runningmate Sen. Tim Kaine sat down with 60 Minutes for their first joint interview as the Democratic ticket

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated July 25, 2016 02:25 PM
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.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;}Hillary Clinton says that she’s held to a different “standard” – the “Hillary standard” – than other politicians partly because of the email scandal that’s plagued her for over a year.

In a new sit-down with 60 Minutes ‘s Scott Pelley, Clinton – joined for the first time by runningmate Tim Kaine – admitted that her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State was “absolutely” a misstep.

“I’ve said I [blew it],” she told Pelley, adding, “I made a mistake. I should’ve had two accounts, one for personal and one for office. And I didn’t, and I take responsibility for that.”

Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey recommended not to prosecute Clinton in the Bureau’s investigation of the handling of her emails during her tenure. Attorney General Loretta Lynch opted not to press charges.

[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]Defending her actions – a frequent topic throughout Clinton’s campaign – the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “Other people did have – other secretaries of state, other high-ranking members of administrations, plural – and it was recommended that it would be convenient, and I thought it would be. It’s turned out to be anything but.”

Clinton promised that there would not be any private email servers used in the White House, should she be elected.

When Pelley pointed out that the Donald Trump campaign had spent much of the Republican National Convention painting her as a liar, Clinton said, “I will take responsibility for any impression or anything I’ve ever done that people have legitimate questions about.”

She said that there has been “a concerted effort” of perpetuating what she dubbed the “Hillary standard,” explaining the term as “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth.”

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At the convention, those attacks included chants of "Lock her up!" and merchandise calling Clinton a “Bitch.”

Of the harsh remarks, Clinton said “I felt sad … I seem to be the only unifying theme that they had. There was no positive agenda. It was a very dark, divisive campaign.”

Kaine came to Clinton’s defense further, telling Pelley, “When I see this, you know, ‘Crooked Hillary,’ or I see the, ‘Lock her up,’ it’s just ridiculous. It is ridiculous. The Republican FBI director makes a decision that there’s nothing here that is, you know, warrants any additional activity.”

Of potentially entering a White House with two Presidents – counting Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton – Kaine said, “it’s an embarrassment of riches,” while his runningmate assured, “I will be the president.”

She admitted, “But it does happen to be a historical fact that my husband served as president for eight years.”

The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday night.