Hillary Clinton opens up about her greatest political regret and her first goal if elected

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Hillary Clinton on Her Biggest Political Regrets

With decades of political experience under her belt, Hillary Clinton finds herself in a familiar position with less than one week to go until the Iowa caucuses -- but she insists this time it is different.

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Not only are the crowds bigger and more energetic, she says, but she is too.

"I'm different," she tells AOL.com on the ground in Iowa. "I feel that I've learned a lot, I think my experience as secretary of state has given me additional understanding of what the next president has to do."

Clinton champions her role in the Obama administration and the president's achievements as she makes her appeal to voters in Iowa and across the country. She's quick to cheer on Obamacare, but when asked about her greatest political regret, health care looms large.

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Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: A supporter of democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a campaign sign during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs during a rally at BR Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CEDAR FALLS, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at the University of Northern Iowa on January 26, 2016 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at BR Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question from a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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"I regret we didn't get health care back in 1993 or '94, because we'd really be much further down the road," she says.

Clinton and her primary Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders have debated the issue intensely. Sanders has advocated a new health care plan that he's dubbed "Medicare for all," while Clinton advocates building on the Affordable Care Act instead.

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"Health care is a basic right," she says. "We are 90 percent covered, we gotta get to 100 percent, and then we gotta get cost down and make it work for everybody. And even though we didn't get it then, we've got it now and I'm going to defend it and improve it."

Her number one priority, she says, is improving incomes.

"The first thing is I really want to do is get the economy producing more good jobs with rising incomes," she explains. "That's at the center of my agenda."

"Because there's a lot we need to do in the country, we gotta make college affordable, we gotta student debt paid down, we've gotta make sure we get early childhood and paid family leave and raise the minimum wage, we have a lot of work to do, but it all really starts from just getting the economy to work again and that's my highest priority," she adds.

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