Hillary Clinton: I Admire Putin’s Firmness

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, about the Iran nuclear agreement and other topics. Clinton is making the case for the international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions as Congress opens debate on the accord. (
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that she admires Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s ability to inspire people with his authoritarianism.

“I don’t admire very much about Mr. Putin, but the idea you can stand up and say ‘I will be your next president’? That has a certain, you know attraction to it,” Clinton said Wednesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Clinton was at the liberal think tank speaking on the Iran nuclear deal, saying she would have a policy of “Distrust And Verify” toward the Iranians as president.

Clinton previously called Putin “very tough” and “a very arrogant person to deal with.”