Hillary Clinton defends prisoner swap at Broomfield appearance

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Hillary Clinton said she won't second guess the Obama administration's decision to swap five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for a U.S. soldier held by the Taliban, but she noted that America's allies often make such deals.

The former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate made the statements at an event in Broomfield on Tuesday night. Clinton was asked whether she would make such a trade if she were in office. Clinton said she couldn't answer directly but that it is a "noble" tradition that the United States tries not to leave soldiers on the battlefield. She also noted worries that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may not survive much longer after five years in captivity.

Republicans have criticized the deal as capitulating to terrorists.

Clinton was the keynote speaker at a women's lecture series presentation at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.  Earlier, she stopped by Intertech Plastics in Denver to learn more about its training and mentoring of young workers, something she's been focusing on at the Clinton Foundation.

She along with Bill Clinton will be back in Denver later this month for a Clinton Global Initiative America meeting.

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