“I made a mistake and, you know, I had a different memory,” she said at a news conference after a rally here. “It proves I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.”
Yet Mrs. Clinton quickly found herself explaining a new comment, that it was the first time in 12 years she had told the story wrong.
Strategists in both parties said few candidates were innocent of exaggerating. They also said Mrs. Clinton had to be especially careful because of a belief among many Americans, unfair or not, but detected in opinion polling, that the Clintons have a mixed and sometimes tortured history with being honest and giving direct answers.
“I was joking — I mean, you know, gosh, lighten up guys,” she told reporters. “Obviously I say millions of words every week. There is a lot more room for error when you are talking as much as I am talking.”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/us/politics/26clinton.html