"I went [to Northern Ireland] more than my husband did. I was working to help change the atmosphere among people because leaders alone rarely make peace. They have to bring people along who believe peace is in their
interests. I remember a meeting that I pulled together in Belfast, in the town hall there,
bringing together for the first time Catholics and Protestants."
Clinton has used variations of that argument as she campaigns around the country, noting she made six trips to Northern Ireland while her husband made four.
A Boston Globe reporter challenged Clinton on whether she really did bring together people from opposing sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland or if she was giving speeches there. The Washington Post gave Clinton a "Pinocchio" for "exaggeration." But prominent Northern Ireland activists rose to Clinton's defense, saying she did play an active role in her own right.