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Hillary Clinton Vows To Investigate UFOs And Area 51

"I'm going to get to the bottom of it."

01/04/2016 08:36 am ET | Updated Jan 04, 2016
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Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is hoping to make history, not just as the first woman president, but as the political leader who is going to "get to the bottom" of the mystery behind UFOs.

At a campaign stop in New Hampshire Tuesday, Daymond Steer of the Conway Daily Sun reminded the former secretary of state that he had previously asked her about UFOs in 2007.

According to Steer, "Back in 2007, Clinton had said that the No. 1 topic of freedom-of-information requests that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, received at his library was UFOs."

As seen in the following video, Bill Clinton told TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2014, "If we were visited [by aliens] someday, I wouldn't be surprised. I just hope that it's not like [the movie] 'Independence Day,' that it's a conflict."

When Steer asked Clinton about her husband's comments concerning extraterrestrials, she said, "I think we may have been [visited already]. We don't know for sure."

It's possible no other presidential contender has made such a statement like that before now. Nor has any other candidate brought up the subject of Area 51, the top secret military base in Nevada.

UFO researchers once suspected that the military base had been used to house captured aliens and their spacecraft. It's now known that Area 51 is where much of America's stealth technology has been developed.

While Bill Clinton told Kimmel that he tried to find out -- unsuccessfully -- if any of the Area 51 rumors were true, his wife told Steer that her campaign chairman, John Podesta, has urged her to pursue this subject.

"He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out," Clinton said. "One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51."

Steer said that Clinton acknowledged how Podesta "is a huge fan of UFO lore."

Podesta is much more than just a "fan" of UFOs. In fact, this former Clinton White House chief of staff and, more recently, special counselor to President Barack Obama, has advocated for the release of UFO files from the U.S. government.

During a 2002 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Podesta stated:

"It's time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark, on the question of government investigations of UFOs. It's time to find out what the truth really is that's out there. We ought to do it, really, because it's right, because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth, and we ought to do it because it's the law."

Just prior to being named as Hillary Clinton's campaign head, Podesta publicly tweeted that, after serving as Obama's advisor for a year, "My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files."

When HuffPost emailed Steer to ask if he thought Clinton was being serious about the things she said, he responded, saying it was a light-hearted conversation and he felt Clinton was just having fun.

But Steer also thinks, "given her relationship with Podesta and her husband's track record," that she might be sincere about moving forward with UFO disclosure.

Time will tell.

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