NEW YORK — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton admitted she avoids watching the Republican debates and said Donald Trump "is a lot more obsessed with me than I am with him" in an appearance on NBC’s "The Tonight Show" Thursday night.
Clinton, who said flat out that she would not be tuning in to the Fox Business debate, acknowledged she "sometimes" watches with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Mostly though, she said, they like to fast forward through them when they catch up after the fact.
“You’ll do anything to not watch the Republican debates?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.
“I think you nailed that,” Clinton responded.
Fallon then suggested a drinking game: every time the Republicans mention you, “do a shot.”
“I don’t think I’d make it past the first half hour,” Clinton deadpanned.
Trump, who is leading in Republican polls and was a guest on Fallon’s show earlier this week, said he hasn’t “even started on her yet.”
When Fallon recounted this and asked if Trump intimidated her at all, Clinton, without missing a beat, said: “No.”
But if Trump were to be the Republican nominee opposite her, Clinton conceded, “It’ll be quite the showdown.”
Fallon mistakenly thought that this weekend’s upcoming NBC Democratic debate would just feature Clinton and her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but she assured him all three Democratic candidates would be on the stage.
When asked if she was worried about the recent polls showing Sanders edging her out in early states, Clinton admitted it was “a tight race" and called her once-formidable lead over Sanders "really artificial."
"This is not a job they give away. You really do have to work hard for it and it is the hardest job in the world so I get up every day and go right at it," the former secretary of state said Thursday.
Clinton pointed to her recent endorsement by Planned Parenthood as a sign of strength.
When Fallon brought up how often the Clinton campaign is utilizing social media to garner support, Clinton pulled an iPhone out of her pocket and opened Snapchat. The pair proceeded to take two video selfies, which Fallon sent out immediately from her account.
In the second segment, Fallon conducted a faux job interview with Clinton, asking her questions that come up in a typical interview.
“How’d you hear about the position?” Fallon asked.
“Fourth grade social studies,” she replied.
When asked to describe herself in two words, Clinton defined herself as “strong, focused.”
Fallon then asked if she’d be willing to relocate and Clinton said: “For the right job, I am.”
He closed with this gem: “Is there an email address we can reach you at?” Clinton laughed and simply said he could follow her on Snapchat.
In his opening monologue, Fallon said Clinton told him backstage she was a big fan of his show.
“I know, I read it in your email,” he joked.
Thursday marked Clinton’s second appearance on the show since launching her campaign last year.