Elections

Reporters Ask Hillary What It Feels Like To Make History

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Hillary Clinton was asked a series of three hard-hitting questions by reporters Monday about what it felt to be on the verge on becoming the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party.

The Democratic front-runner took a total of eight questions Monday, according to the Clinton pool report sent out Monday.

Read a portion of the report below:

Q: [Thoughts on being on the cusp of being the first woman nominee]

volunteers across all of these states and I’m gonna stay focused on the contests that are going to take place tomorrow. And I’ll have more to say about all this — obviously I was delighted to win Puerto Rico, delighted to win the Virgin Islands. We are moving forward every day, and you know, by tomorrow night I’ll have more to say about it. I want everyone in the states that vote tomorrow to come out in vote and bring their families and their friends and everybody else, because it’s not over til it’s over. And tomorrow is a really important day, particularly here in California.

Q: Is it setting in that you might be making some serious big-time history tomorrow? 

[Laughs] Well, I am obviously really excited about that. But I’m not letting myself focus on it yet because I want people to come out and vote tomorrow, particularly here in California. We have worked so hard. I have a huge number of supporters and organizers that are working as we speak to get out the vote, to get people to mail in their ballots who haven’t yet. So I’m gonna wait until everyone has voted. Tomorrow night we’ll have a chance to talk more about this, but it’s been an incredible journey. And I will have a lot to say about it. But right now, I’m still out here as you can tell, at the senior center in Compton, talking to voters, encouraging people to come out and vote.

Q: In Sacramento there was a woman standing next to me who was absolutely sobbing. She said, ‘It’s time. It’s past time.’ You see people here, and people just come up to you and they get tears in their eyes. Do you feel the weight of what this means for people? 

I do. I do. And you saw it yesterday. I’ve seen it for more than a year. My supporters are passionate. They are committed. They have voted for me in great numbers across our country for many reasons. But among those reasons is their belief that having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement about what kind of country we are, what we stand for. It’s really emotional. And I am someone who has been very touched and really encouraged by this extraordinary conviction that people have. It’s predominantly women and girls, but not exclusively — men bring their daughters to meet me and tell me that they are supporting me because of their daughters. And I do think that it will make a very big difference for a father or a mother to be able to look at their daughter just like they can look at their son and say, “You can be anything you want to be in this country, including president of the United States.”