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Campaign promises

Hillary Clinton ‘would aim to have a 50-50’ female-male cabinet

By WITW Staff on April 13, 2016

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton sat down with for a wide-ranging interview that touched on everything from whether a man and woman on a dinner date should split the bill to her recent remarks about feeling “sorry for young people.” In the middle of it all, though, Cosmo reporter Prachi Gupta posed an interesting question to Clinton. Recalling newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s headline-making decision last November to appoint a cabinet that is gender balanced, Gupta asked Clinton, “Would you make a commitment to have at least 50 percent women in a Clinton administration cabinet?” Clinton offered a brief, but definitive answer. “That is certainly my goal. A very diverse cabinet representing the talents and experience of the entire country. And since we are a 50-50 country, I would aim to have a 50-50 cabinet,” Clinton responded. Trudeau famously punctuated his decision with a pithy remark as to why he appointed a gender-balanced cabinet when a reporter probed him about it. “Because it’s 2015,” Trudeau said. Clinton, however, didn’t qualify her campaign promise by saying “because it’s 2015.” Obviously, it’s 2016 now, so such a statement would’ve easily been debunked by fact-checkers.

Read the full Q&A at Cosmopolitan.


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