During a recent interview in which she touched on her hope for a female President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted that the midterm election results showed women would not be “going back” to a time when abortion access was restricted.
In the interview conducted by a non-profit women’s issues newsgroup, “The 19th,” Clinton touched on women’s issues in the U.S. and abroad, encouraging women to run for office.
Clinton expressed her belief that denying women their “basic rights anywhere” encourages “those who want to take away rights somewhere else.”
The former Secretary of State also expressed her desire to see a female lead the White House during her lifetime but expressed she wouldn’t vote for a female Presidential candidate who doesn’t share her political views.
Clinton noted that while she expects more female Republicans to run for the Oval Office in the coming election, she wouldn’t vote for “a woman who would take my rights away, or my daughter’s rights away, or my granddaughter’s rights away.”
However, the two-time Democratic Presidential candidate expressed being “thrilled” that Republican female candidates would want to be on the ballot.
During the interview, Clinton also praised outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.), describing the difficulty in being first, noting that she had “scars to prove it.”
The former First Lady also praised Vice President Kamala Harris for carrying the role with “real grace” and doing what she could to make President Joe Biden’s agenda “successful.”
When the interviewer touched on the significance abortion access had on the midterms, Clinton pointed to races in Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan states that had measures to protect abortion access on the ballot.
Clinton noted that those victories were evidence that women are “not going back.”