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’60 Minutes’ Almost Snuffed Out Hillary Clinton During 1992 Interview

Lights, camera, run for your life.

Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination Tuesday as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate might have turned out very differently if not for a broken television lighting rig. 

Clinton, with husband Bill Clinton, sat down for an interview with “60 Minutes” in 1992. Suddenly, a lighting rig came loose and almost hit the woman who could be the first U.S. female president. 

“Forty minutes into it, the lights fell down. It was like an artillery round going off,” “60 Minutes” host Steve Kroft said in an outtake. “I realized the lights had fallen off the wall and almost killed them.”

A startled Hillary Clinton ducked out of the way and exclaimed, “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” 

Afterwards, Bill Clinton is seen embracing his wife (though it’s unclear who was more shaken up). 

The terrifying moment broke up a tense interview during which Bill Clinton ― then governor of Arkansas ― was trying to keep his nascent presidential bid from being thrown off course by news of an alleged affair with cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers.

The clip was unearthed Tuesday by the streaming service information website Decider, which noted the video is included in the latest installment of CNN’s documentary series “Race For The White House.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article, citing Decider, said the clip was previously un-aired. It aired during a 2004 anniversary special dedicated to “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt. 

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