Hillary Clinton: VA Scandal “Not as Widespread” as Republicans Claim

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is taking fire from veterans groups over comments she made in an interview Friday saying the scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs were “not as widespread” as Republicans have made them out to be.

Speaking on MSNCB’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” the former Secretary of State said the problems at the VA are real, but added that they are “not as widespread as it has been made out to be.”

“Now nobody would believe that from the coverage you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have,” Mrs. Clinton said.

“They try to create a downward spiral, don’t fund it to the extent that is needs to be funded, because they want it to fail, so then we can argue for privatization,” she added.