Hillary Clinton speaks during the Democratic National Committee 22nd Annual Women's Leadership Forum National Issues Conference at Grand Hyatt Washington DC on October 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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By Daniel White
October 23, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in high spirits talking to a liberal women’s group Friday, a day after a marathon hearing about Benghazi.

Speaking before the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Clinton noted that she had started to go hoarse after the 11-hour hearing before a House select committee.

“As some of you may know, I had a pretty long day yesterday,” she joked.

Clinton denounced the hearing as a “partisan witch hunt,” then argued that another select committee being set up to investigate Planned Parenthood would also be misguided. She also said that Republican presidential debates have also not focused on the issues.

“You can listen to their debates for hours and you won’t hear a single solution to any of the problems that we’re facing here at home or around the world,” she said.

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Clinton took the opportunity to offer up some insight as the possible first female presidential nominee, delivering some powerful lines:

  • On the gender card: “If calling for equal pay and paid leave and women’s health is playing the gender card, then deal me in.”
  • On equal pay: “In one of my town halls in Nevada, I called on a little girl who was sitting with her father. You never know what kids are going to ask you, which is why I try to call on at least one if they’re in my town hall. And this little girl stood up and she said ‘If you’re a girl president, will you be paid as much as a boy president?’ I said ‘Well I think so, I think that’s in the law.'”
  • On being accused of “shouting” about gun control: “First of all, I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting.”

Clinton applauded the work of Vice President Joe Biden, who announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t be running for President, for his years of service to the nation’s women. “I’m confident that history isn’t finished with Joe Biden,” said Clinton. “If I know Joe, he’ll be right there with us on the front lines.”



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