Hillary Clinton is eight days away from the conclusion of her 2016 presidential campaign, but she’s only just survived her hardest interview: answering the questions of a group of American children.
While they weren’t exactly grilling the Democratic presidential nominee on foreign policy, her tax plans, or her emails, the group of age-7-and-under kids who sent in questions to Clinton via video did get her to admit some secrets, including the first thing she’ll do after her inauguration — that is, if she’s elected.
It was 4-year-old Aven who asked that hardball question, and though Clinton initially responded with a more general answer, she did get one point of policy talk in: her views on gun control.
“I think the first thing I would do as president is to try to make sure that we are keeping the world safe,” Clinton said. “And we are going to be able to protect people, especially children like you.”
“I’m also going to try to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them because I’m really sad that so many people get killed or hurt by guns.”
Maddie, 7, asked another hot-button question: Is it harder to be a girl than a boy? Clinton acknowledged that it can be harder in little ways — like having to spend more time on her makeup than her male competitors do — but it can also be more challenging when it comes to the way people view what women are capable of.
“Sometimes it’s harder because not everybody believes like I do that little girls should have every opportunity that you want, to go as far as your hard work and talent will take them,” she said. “It is wonderful being part of a change in the world that is going on that girls can have their own dreams and I’m excited about doing everything I can to make that happen for you and for everybody else.”
Not all the kids were curious about politics, however. A few just wanted to know how Clinton spent her time on the campaign trail. (Hint: There’s not nearly enough time for TV!)
As for bedtimes, Clinton was sure to tell the children that this was one arena in which they should definitely not follow her lead.
“I do have a bedtime but it is really late so you should not do this, okay?” she said. “Usually it is like midnight or maybe even a little later. But if I can get to bed earlier I try to do that.”
A presidential candidate doesn’t get much time to relax, but like her little interviewers, Clinton admitted that she too enjoys watching TV to wind down — and plans on getting through her jam-packed DVR once she’s off the campaign trail.
“I don’t get to watch them as much as I used to because I’m in an airplane, or I’m standing on a stage talking to people, so I’ve recorded a lot of shows,” she told 7-year-old Georgie. “And as soon as this election is over, Georgie, I’m going to watch as much television and as many shows as I possibly can.”
Just eight more days until the binge-watching can begin!