Catalina Camia, USA Today
Hillary Rodham Clinton admitted she hasn't driven a car since her husband's first term.
"The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996," Clinton said
Monday in remarks to the National Automobile Dealers Association in New
Orleans. "I remember it very well. Unfortunately, so does the Secret
Service, which is why I haven't driven since then."
America Rising, a Republican super PAC, criticized Clinton's comments as showing she is out of touch. The organization posted video on Tumblr
and commented: "Maybe she put in a tape of The Macarena (which was on
top of the charts) during her last time behind the wheel?"
The Secret Service protected Clinton - and drove her from point to
point - as first lady during her husband's eight years in the White
House and while she was a U.S. senator. She will continue to receive
Secret Service protection as a former first lady throughout her life,
according to the agency's website. The Diplomatic Security Service
protected Clinton while she was working in her official capacity as
secretary of State.
During her 2008 campaign for president, Clinton admitted she hadn't
pumped gas in quite some time. She still had a driver's license at that
time, and Clinton "sometimes used a hybrid SUV back home in New York,"
according to a New York Times story.
"I have to confess: One of the regrets I have about public life is
that I can't drive anymore," Clinton said at the auto dealers
But if you're worried about her driving skills, she joked, you should
see Bill Clinton at the wheel. "My husband thinks that's a blessing,
but he's the one who should talk," Hillary Clinton said.
Clinton also told the auto dealers that her biggest regret as the
nation's top diplomat was the 2012 deadly attack on the U.S. consulate
in Benghazi, Libya, according to a CNN report. Four Americans died,
including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.