- Hillary Clinton was asked on tonight’s debate stage how Bernie Sanders ended up with more female support in New Hampshire
- Clinton said she’s worked hard to empower women throughout her career -helping give them the opportunity NOT to vote for her
- The former secretary of state said Madeleine Albright has been using the ‘special place in hell’ line for years
- Tonight’s primary debate made history because a majority of people on stage were women, including both moderators
- Sanders called his election historic too – because of his politics – while calling out Republicans for abortion hypocrisy
Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
22:21 EST, 11 February 2016
22:31 EST, 11 February 2016
Hillary Clinton could make history as the country’s first female president, but was asked to address how it could be that a majority of women in New Hampshire selected her rival Bernie Sanders as their choice instead.
‘I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices even if that choice is not to vote for me,’ Clinton said on tonight’s Democratic debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She also provided debate moderators Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill with a fun fact.
‘I would notice, just for a historical aside, somebody told me earlier today we’ve had like 200 presidential primary debates and this is the first time there’s a majority of women on the stage,’ she said, acknowledging the duo of female journalists posing her questions.
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Hillary Clinton tried to explain her woman problem – more female voters supported Bernie Sanders than her candidacy in New Hampshire – saying she’s worked hard to empower women’s choices: even if that choice is not to vote for her
Hillary Clinton came armed with a fun face: For the first time in history a majority of debate participants were female including the former secretary of state and debate moderators Gwen Ifill (left) and Judy Woodruff (right)
‘Sen. Sanders, you’re in the minority, but we still want to hear from you,’ Woodruff chuckled.
But it was Clinton who addressed the issue first, arguing that she’s made issues like paid family leave and equal pay for equal work central themes in her campaign – which, in theory, should help attract female voters’ support.
She touted her endorsements from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL, pro-choice groups that picked her over her male rival.
And she laughed off her surrogate Madeleine Albright’s recent remark, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,’ the former secretary of state had said at a recent campaign event for Clinton.
‘Well, look, I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her, which is about 25 years, but it doesn’t change my view that we need to empower everyone, women and men, to make the best decisions in their mind that they can make.’
Clinton added that she’s never asked voters to vote for her because of her gender.
Bernie Sanders aimed his ire at the Republican party for saying they hated the government, except on the issue of abortion
The debate moderators asked Bernie Sanders if he was OK possibly being an ‘instrument thwarting history.’ He replied that Americans electing someone with his politics would be historic in nature too
‘I am asking people to support me because I think I’m the most qualified, experienced and ready person to be the president and the commander-in-chief,’ Clinton said.
When it was Sanders’ turn, Ifill asked him if he was worried that he might ‘be the instrument thwarting history’ by keeping a woman out of the White House.
Sanders, who would be the country’s first Jewish president, had a colorful reply.
‘Well, you know, I think from a historical point of view somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests,’ Sanders began.
‘I think a Sanders victory would be or some historical accomplishment as well,’ he said.
Then Sanders, saying he concurred with Clinton’s assessment that women’s abortion rights were under attack by Republicans, he stole the ball and dribbled it down the court.
‘I’ll tell you something that really galls me,’ the Vermont senator said. ‘It will not shock anybody to suggest that in politics there is occasionally a little bit of hypocrisy, just a little bit.’
Sanders pointed out how the Republicans ‘hate the government’ and suggest things like cutting Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
‘But, by the way, when it comes to a woman having to make a very personal choice, ahhh, in that case my Republican colleagues love the government and want the government to make that choice for every woman in America,’ Sanders pointed out.
‘If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what hypocrisy is,’ he hollered.