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If the truth about UFOs is out there, Hillary Clinton says she’ll be on it as president.

When the Democratic presidential front-runner vowed to “get to the bottom” of the alien-visitation issue, she just might have locked up the “X-Files” vote – while giving her critics one more thing to taunt her with.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed the UFO issue during a recent meeting with editors. (Credit: @HillaryClinton via Twitter)

Clinton’s comment came at the end of a recent chat with the editorial board of the Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire, which holds its first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Feb. 9. Reporter Daymond Steer reminded her about a conversation they had about UFOs in 2007, and that perked up the candidate.

“Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it,” Clinton reportedly replied.

Back in 2014, Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that he had aides check the files on Area 51 in Nevada while he was in office, just to make sure “there were no aliens down there.”  (The CIA released a declassified report on Area 51’s Cold War role in 2013.) Bill Clinton also noted that recent discoveries make it “increasingly less likely that we are alone.”

“If we were visited someday I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “I just hope that it’s not like ‘Independence Day.'”

When Hillary Clinton was asked about those comments and the prospects for getting a visit from extraterrestrials, she replied, “I think we may have been [visited already]. We don’t know for sure.”

Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, has long called for more disclosure about UFO cases, although he hasn’t said specifically what needs to be revealed. When he left his post as senior adviser to President Barack Obama, he tweeted that his “biggest failure of 2014” was his inability to secure the disclosure of UFO files.

Today, Podesta noted Hillary Clinton’s reported comment that he made the candidate “personally pledge we are going to get the information out” about aliens and Area 51.

For what it’s worth, “The X-Files” had its heyday on TV during the Clinton administration. It’s due to return to Fox as a six-episode miniseries starting Jan. 24.

Also for what it’s worth, the Obama White House issued statements denying the existence of a UFO cover-up in 2011, in response to an online petition drive.

“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy wrote in a posting on the website. “In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”

(Larson left OSTP a year ago and now works for SpaceX.)

The latest comments from Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman are likely to set off a buzz in the UFO community. For years, folks at the Paradigm Research Group have been talking about the Clintons’ purported connections to a disclosure campaign dubbed the Rockefeller Initiative.

The comments are also likely to stir up politically motivated snark from Republicans who want to “get to the bottom” of other Clinton controversies – and just plain snark from everybody else.

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