DES MOINES — With only a week standing between her and the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton refused to call her handling of her State Department emails an "error in judgment."
The former secretary of state's claim came as she looked to break away from Sen. Bernie Sanders to potential caucus-goers Monday night at CNN's Democratic town hall forum, during which she was pressed over her handling of emails, her trustworthiness, and Benghazi.
"I'm not willing to say it was an error in judgment," Clinton told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "Nothing I did was wrong. It wasn't in any way prohibited."
Additionally, Clinton admitted that she didn't apologize soon enough for bungling of email situation, telling voters again that she was looking for a "convenient" form of communication. Clinton made the admission in response to The Des Moines Register saying that she hasn't learned to own up to mistakes since her 2008 campaign.
"I think that's a fair criticism. I had no intention of doing anything other than having a convenient way of communicating, and it turned out not to be so convenient," Clinton said. "Again, we've answered every question and we will continue to do so. Maybe being faster, trying to scramble around to find out what all of this means, I should have done that quicker."
The former secretary of state was also pressed by a Sanders-leaning voter over her voter distrust for her, especially among college students.
"It feels like a lot of young people, like myself, who are passionate supporters of Bernie Sanders, and I just don't see the same enthusiasm from younger people for you," said Taylor Gipple, a first-time caucus-goer. "In fact, I've heard from quite a few people my aged that they think you're dishonest.
Clinton simply said it depended on who people are talking to before touting the enthusiasm for her campaign on the ground in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Clinton made the arguments while trying to fend off Sanders, who is trying to upend the race before New Hampshire with a Hawkeye State win in the same fashion as Barack Obama in 2008. In his pitch, Sanders continued to push for his single-payer healthcare system. However, the Vermont senator told the crowd that an increase in taxes will indeed happen to pay for such a system, the starkest pledge to raise taxes of any candidate in the presidential field.
"We will raise taxes, yes we will," Sanders told Cuomo. "But also let us be clear ... there's a little bit of disingenuity out there. We may raise taxes but we are also going to eliminate private health insurance premiums for individuals and for businesses."
The forum also included former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who continues to have trouble gaining traction with the electorate.
Clinton is set to continue campaign in Iowa on Wednesday, with three stops on the agenda.