In an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that many of the difficulties she has when campaigning may be linked to the fact that she is a woman.
Clinton said she was not a “natural politician” like her husband Bill Clinton or President Barack Obama. “I would love having the job of president because I know how to do it. I know what the country needs. But the campaigning part is hard for me,” she said.
“What about it do you find a little less natural and fun than other campaigns?” asked Thrush.
“Well, you know, and some of this may be personal to me, and some of it, from all the literature I’ve read, may be gender-linked,” she responded.
Listen above via Politico, starting at 14:45.
Clinton said that when she gave her announcement speech, “it was incredibly hard for me to say the pronoun ‘I’ instead of ‘we.’ I had been a strong supporter not just of my husband but other people who I tried to get elected, tried to help in any way I could. I’m very comfortable saying, you know, ‘he,’ ‘she,’ ‘we.’”
“But when I had to stand up in front of people and basically say, ‘I’m asking for your vote…’ that took years,” she laughed. “It absolutely took years. And it was funny because a lot of people picked up on it, mostly my friends and supporters who would say, ‘You know, you’re not campaigning for somebody else. You’re actually campaigning for yourself.'”
“I had to really work at that,” she concluded. “And, even today, I have to remind myself, you know, I’m asking people to vote for me.”
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