Hillary on running as a woman: I want to be judged on merits, one of my merits being I’m a woman

Hillary on running as a woman: I want to be judged on merits, one of my merits being I’m a woman

Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, but her campaign succeeded in addressing concerns about whether a woman could be commander in chief, she told The Des Moines Register on Sunday.

“Part of what I tried to do in that campaign was to begin to answer that question,” she said. “Now I feel like the question’s been answered.”

Clinton’s campaign in 2008 downplayed the fact that she’d be the first woman in the White House. But in 2016, she’s making it a major selling point — that she’s running as a female candidate.

“There is an eagerness that I sense coming at me from people in my audiences, in my conversations, to engage with me about that more than I felt in ’08,” Clinton told the Register on Sunday, one of two sit-down news interviews that were the first for this presidential bid.

 

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