Now that a video has surfaced and after questions were raised about her account, Hillary Clinton's campaign acknowledged today that she may have misspoken when she described a harrowing visit to Bosnia while first lady.
"I remember landing under sniper fire," she said last week as she sought to burnish her commander-in-chief credentials. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
But a CBS report on the 1996 visit -- distributed by Barack Obama's campaign -- shows Clinton greeting soldiers at the base near Tuzla without even wearing a helmet and with daughter Chelsea in tow, almost sans helmet. The CBS correspondent, however, says it is one of the more dangerous places in Bosnia -- too hazardous for the president to tour.
The Clinton camp emphasized that latter point, while conceding she might have embellished the details.
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