Media Advisory: NPR Interviews Hillary Clinton NPR's Rachel Martin and Tamara Keith spoke with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about her new book "What Happened."
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Media Advisory: NPR Interviews Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton at the Glazier Arboretum Park, where she often likes to hike, in Chappaqua, N.Y. Adrienne Grunwald/Adrienne Grunwald for NPR hide caption

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Hillary Clinton at the Glazier Arboretum Park, where she often likes to hike, in Chappaqua, N.Y.

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Tuesday, September 12th; Washington D.C. – In a pair of interviews airing on Tuesday's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, NPR's Rachel Martin and Tamara Keith spoke with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about her new book "What Happened."

PLEASE NOTE: This information is embargoed until 4am on Tuesday September 12th. Fuller transcripts are available upon request.

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Excerpts From Rachel Martin's interview:

When asked if another Democratic candidate could have defeated Donald Trump, Clinton said;
"Well I don't think it's useful to speculate, because I was the nominee. I mean you can say that about George W. Bush and Al Gore and John Kerry..."

When asked if her familiarity was a detriment to her campaign, Clinton said;
"Well I thought it was pretty revolutionary that I was the first woman to have a realistic chance of becoming president. So I don't know how any woman who is not familiar to people, since we have so many hurdles to overcome, could have even been in that position that I found myself. So if I'd won, I would have been seen as a genius, my campaign would have been seen as perfect. I understand all of that. But I'm not writing this book, I'm not talking to you about it, because I'm somehow aggrieved. I don't feel that at all. I'm still proud as I can be that I had the chance to run, that I got to be the nominee, but I am really worried about the country.

"I'm worried about what I see as a mean-spirited agenda coming out of this White House. And my concerns as a former Secretary of State about what's going on around the world. So I have a platform. I won more votes than anybody in American history for president, besides President Obama. And I'm going to keep talking, and trying to raise the questions that I hope Americans will take seriously, and that I hope the press will take seriously, because we've got a lot of choppy water ahead of us."

When discussing the loss of voters from the Obama coalition; Clinton said;
"(...) you have to also look at the suppression of voters. The principal objects of voter suppression were African-American voters and young voters. There was a very extensive analysis about what happened in North Carolina recently in The New York Times and there's been a lot written and much information collected about what happened in Wisconsin. 200,000 predominantly black voters being disenfranchised in the greater Milwaukee area. This was the first election, the first presidential election, where the Voting Rights Act that had been severely damaged by the Supreme Court decision in 2013 was fully in effect, and the Republicans wasted no time in doing everything they could to make it hard to vote."

When asked about criticism of her campaign from within the Democratic party, Clinton said;
"I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be so off base. He's not even a Democrat. That's not a slam on him. He says it himself. He didn't support Democrats. He's not supporting Democrats. Now I know a lot of Democrats. I've been working on behalf of Democrats, to be elected, to be re-elected, for decades. And so yes, I was familiar to broad parts of the electorate, and I'm proud of that. And I did well across the country. I won by four million votes. That's a landslide. I won, really, by March and April. But he just kept going, and he and his followers' attacks on me kept getting more and more personal, despite him asking me not to attack him personally. And you know I really regret that. But now he's got a chance to prove that he's something other than a spoiler. And that is to help other Democrats. And I don't know if he will or not, but I'm hoping he will."

Full Transcript available HERE

Excerpts from Tamara Keith's interview:

When asked about her share of blame in the election loss, Clinton said:
"I take ultimate responsibility for the loss. I was the candidate. I was the person whose name was on the ballot. And I'll never get over that because I was working hard to become president in order to do the service that I believe in on behalf of our country. And it was everything from the decision to use a personal email, which got blown up. It was a dumb mistake, I think it was a dumber scandal, but it hurt."


"So I don't think I sufficiently embodied that real great emotional need that people had, to have a recognition of the anger. I was trying to answer the anger. I was trying to say, 'Yeah I know why you're angry. The 2008, 2009 financial crisis was horrible, and I know people are still suffering from it, but here's what we're gonna do about it'... I like to get up in the morning and say, 'what are we gonna do,' and my opponent was masterful in being the stoker of anger and giving people scapegoats. It's the immigrants' fault. It's the Muslims' fault. It's the African-Americans' fault. It's women's fault, whatever the story he was telling that really played into that sense of grievance and resentment of a large part of the electorate was hard to compete with."

When asked about having detailed policy plans and how they did not resonate, Clinton said:
"This was an unusual election because I believed at some point during it, maybe in a debate or some other moment, we would both be held to account for what we proposed that we would do. It never happened. And part of the reason is because the other side turned it into a reality TV show, not a campaign based in the reality of the lives of Americans and America's challenges."

When asked her biggest regret, Clinton said:
"Losing is my biggest regret! And losing to someone who was not qualified and did not have the experience or the temperament to be president of the United States. That is my biggest regret."

When discussing Russian meddling in the election, Clinton said:
"We're only now finding out what we did try to warn people about starting last summer. And I think because it was so surreal - what do you mean the Russians are influencing our election? Now we know. Not only were they, they did. And not only did they, they will continue to do so. And if we don't come together as a country and with leadership from the White House and the Congress to combat it, to try to prevent it from happening again, we are really putting our democracy at risk."

When discussing sexism and misogyny in the campaign, Clinton said:
"I don't want what happened to happen again. I want people to understand sexism and misogyny are real. They're real in business, they're real in politics, and people have to start standing up against it. And we have to equip young women to be able to, you know, ward it off and speak out and we have to encourage men, particularly young men, not to buy into it. And we have to recognize there are deep stereotypes."

When asked if Americans are ready for a female president, Clinton said:
"I think there's a significant percentage of Americans, many more in the Republican Party than in the Democratic Party according to all of the data, that is just not ready. They just cannot imagine it and they are resistant to it. And I want in this book to make it very clear that what happened to me was not just about me."

When asked about critics who believe she should disappear from public life, Clinton said:
"Well, they're going to be disappointed because I think it's important for people with my experience and my insight into what went on in the campaign but more generally about our country to speak out. We need more voices, not fewer voices."

When asked, "Do you ever turn on the news and not think, 'What would I do in this situation?'" Clinton responded:
"No, I do it every single time! Look, I was prepared to be president. I had prepared and worked at it, and I go a little bit batty when I hear him say, 'gee this is a really hard job, who knew health care was so complicated?' I did. And so, no, I always am responding and reacting. Sometimes I yell at the TV even."

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