Hillary Clinton, who boasted in her June announcement speech she would be the “youngest woman president” ever elected, tonight insisted she’s not courting votes based on her gender.
The comment came after PBS’s Gwen Ifill asked Bernie Sanders if “will be the instrument of thwarting history” by running against her.
Clinton replied, “I have said many times I am not asking people to support me because I’m a woman.”
Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
IFILL: Senator, do you worry at all that you will be the instrument of thwarting history, as Senator Clinton keeps claiming, that she may be the first woman president?
SANDERS: Well, you know, I think from an 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, I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well.
CLINTON: You know, I have said — I have said many times I am not asking people to support me because I’m a woman. I am asking people to support me because I think I am the most qualified, experienced, and ready person to be the president and the commander-in-chief. And I appreciate greatly Senator Sanders’ voting record, and I was very proud to get the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund because I have been a leader on these issues. I have gone time and time again to take on the vested interests who would — women’s health care decisions, the province of the government instead of women ourselves. I’m very proud that NARAL endorsed me because when it comes to it, we need a leader on women’s issues. Somebody who, yes, votes right but much more than that, leads the efforts to protect the hard-fought gains that women have made that, make no mistake about it, are under tremendous attack, not just by the Republican presidential candidates, but by a whole national effort to try to set back women’s rights. So I am asking women, I’m asking men, to support me because I am ready to go into the White House on January 20th, 2017, and get to work on both domestic and foreign policy challenges.