Hillary Clinton discussed the “sexism” that she encountered in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign on ABC News Tuesday.
“Beginning the process of working with then-Sen. Obama after I ended my campaign, we had an awkward but necessary meeting to clear the air on a couple of issues, and one of them was the sexism that - unfortunately - was present in that '08 campaign,” Clinton told “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts.
She said she is pleased to see "a much greater awareness" about gender inequality in the last seven years.
“It’s not just in the political sphere that we continue to have these obstacles in women’s full participation,” she said. "It's true in the corporate sphere, in journalism, in academia - across the board."
In her new book “Hard Choices” she discusses how the campaign wanted her to badmouth vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but she refused.
“That very first day, the Obama campaign said, ‘Well, we want you to go out there and criticize her,’ and I said ‘For what? For being a woman? No, let’s wait until we know where she stands, I don’t know anything about her. Do you know anything about her?’” she recalled.
Palin said she read the memoir and tweeted: “Look who fired the 1st shot on the real ‘war on women.’ Hint: it wasn’t the GOP. See this excerpt from Hillary’s book.”
Clinton says despite party rivalry, Sen. John McCain is still her favorite Republican in Congress.