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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:16 PM

Hillary Clinton: 'Given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently'

Hillary Clinton: ‘Given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently’


In a conversation that had the audience cheering her on, the former secretary of state talked to Fareed Zakaria about the mess we’re in — and how women can help us get out of it.

“I am absolutely delighted to see this incredibly diverse field, and especially to have more than one woman running for President of the United States,” said the former secretary of state, four years to the day since launching her own presidential campaign. In a surprise interview with CNN host and newspaper columnist Fareed Zakaria that concluded the 10th annual Women in the World Summit in New York, Clinton would, however, offer a little advice to the 18 Democrats who have announced so far. “I think you really have to do two things simultaneously, and it’s challenging,” she said. First, she said, you have to present what it is that you want to do: “What is your vision? What is your hope for our country? How do you see the future? What are you going to propose that will make a difference in the lives of Americans and maintain the values, the ideals, of America in a very complex world?” At the same time, she continued, you also have to be able to counter “the diversion and distraction that we see, unfortunately, working by the current incumbent in the White House. So you have to do that balancing act, and I think that we have excellent candidates who are demonstrating their ability to do that.”

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When Zakaria mentioned Jamal Khashoggi and President Trump’s reluctance to penalize Saudi Arabia for fear of its effect on oil prices, Clinton was even more forthright, offering a fiery reminder of what, in her view, America stands for on the world stage. “When you blow the top off and say that you are supporting autocrats, dictators, nationalists, you are forgetting the lessons of the 20th century. We fought the bloodiest war in human history — twice. We dealt [with] concentrations camps, the worst that people are capable of doing. Why did we set institutions like NATO, the EU? Why did we pass something called the Declaration of Human Rights? Because we wanted to contain those impulses. We wanted people to be held accountable.”

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After 40 minutes, Zakaria finally asked the question that many at the Summit were waiting for: “Do you think the world would be different if it were led by women?” “Of course!” Clinton laughed, to loud cheers from the audience. She pointed to the recent actions of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the terrorist attack in Christchurch on March 15. “Her reaching out to the Muslim community in New Zealand sent a message about how leaders should behave in the face of horrific violence conducted for ideological reasons. And I think that that was as strong a signal as we can get that, given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently.”

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