Clinton jabs at 'likeability' questions about female candidates
With the early weeks of the shadow 2020 Democratic primary bringing up the age-old questions about the "likeability" of female politicians, Hillary Clinton is weighing in.
Clinton, the first female presidential nominee from a major party, pointed to the "amazing women officials in the audience today" when she referenced that debate during a Monday speech at an event held by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether our country is ready for women leaders. Now that really takes me back—but today, I want to thank all of you for your persistence," she said during an appearance with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
"I know many of you and can can attest as to how smart, determined, effective and, dare I say, likable you all are."
The debate, which followed Clinton during her own 2016 presidential race, is heating up again now that Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is telegraphing a bid of her own.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Warren's favorability underwater with American voters, Republicans and Independents. But many Democrats have come to Warren's defense to argue that those numbers are a result of sexism and an unfair perception that has long dogged female candidates.
Check out Chuck Todd and the "Meet the Press" panel addressing the issue during Sunday's broadcast.