Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Clinton: 'Misogyny played a role' in 2016 election

Clinton said the 65 per cent approval rating she had enjoyed as Barack Obama's secretary of state - "a job I was asked to do by a man" - tanked when she announced her intention to run for president. "He had his desire to destabilize us and others, and he's not exactly fond of strong women".

Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican, earlier on Thursday stepped aside from the congressional inquiry into Russian meddling in the US presidential election because he is under investigation for disclosing classified information. "We aren't going to let somebody sitting in the Kremlin, with bots and trolls, try to mix up our election", she said.

Clinton spoke in a 44-minute interview at the eighth annual Women in the World Summit, an event celebrating equality and women's rights.

Kristof also asked Clinton who she thought was to blame for her loss, which is a question that sounds like it needs at least five hours and a large glass of wine to answer in full.

About her own role, she said, "There were things I could have done better".

She said she spent a lot of time wrestling with the fact that 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump. And I very much want to help Democrats take back the Congress.

During the interview, Clinton also claimed that misogyny had "certainly" played a part in her election defeat last November, CBS reports.

Hillary Clinton said Thursday she was "deeply concerned" by Russian meddling in the US election, and that potential Russian ties to the Trump campaign must be investigated.

"What they did or tried to do on the health care bill, which I will confess to this - having listened to them talking about repeal and replace for 8 years, or 7 years now, and they had not a clue what that meant", she said.

Asked if she would ever run for office again, Clinton said a couple of times that she is set on finding "interesting things" to do with her life - without outright rejecting the suggestion of another political campaign.

The Russian hackings, she said, appeared to be a "more effective theft even than Watergate". "I don't think that will ever include running for office again", Clinton said.

This story has been corrected to show the spelling is Nicholas Kristof, not Kristoff.

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