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Hillary Clinton's Road to the White House

In July, Hillary Clinton made history.

"It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence," she told the crowd at the Democratic National Convention. "I accept your nomination." 

Clinton's road to the White House started in 1947.

She was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburbs in a staunchly Republican household. The changing social times of the 1960s changed Clinton's political views to Democrat.

Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969. She developed a reputation as an outspoken voice on campus. She went on to Yale Law School where she met Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton started in Washington working for the Children's Defense Fund and on the Congressional committee investigating President Nixon. It was Clinton's first taste of Washington scandal.

When an infidelity scandal threatened to derail then Governor Bill Clinton's presidential run, Hillary Clinton defended him.

"I'm not some little woman sitting here standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," she said in a CBS 60 Minutes interview in 1992.

As First Lady, she had a rare role in the West Wing. Clinton tried and failed to reform healthcare. 

Years later, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal threatened to end the Clinton presidency, Hillary Clinton again stepped into the spotlight.

"There is a vast right wing conspiracy," she said on NBC's Today Show.

The Lewinsky scandal propelled Clinton's own foray into politics. She was the first First Lady to be elected to the Senate.

Clinton's first run in 2008 for the Democratic nomination for president fell short.

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling," Clinton said in her concession speech. "Thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it."

When President Obama was elected, he picked Clinton as his Secretary of State.

She traveled to 112 countries and served during the time when Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid, and four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. 

"I have been racking my brain about what more could have been done," Clinton said at a Congressional hearing on the matter.

A report on Benghazi pointed to bureaucratic misses and blunders, but fell short of blaming Clinton for the events that led to the deaths.

During Clinton's current campaign for president, she has been dogged by scandal again, this time stemming from her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

When asked during the second presidential debate to say something nice about the other candidate, Donald Trump said this. "She doesn't quit. She doesn't give up. I respect that."

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