Former VT Governor Supports Clinton

Published 02/07 2016 07:42PM

Updated 02/07 2016 07:42PM

A recent CNN/WMUR poll shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton 58% to 35% in New Hampshire.  

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin supports Clinton and is optimistic she will bounce back.  Kunin held Vermont's top job from 1985 to 1991, beating Sanders in 1986.

"I think we give men more credibility, more authority, more honesty than we do women because we expect them to be perfect," says Kunin.  "If Hillary acted the way Bernie does on stage, yelling and what have you, she'd be booed off because that's not attractive in women."

Kunin formed a close friendship with Clinton, who shares her same opinion on gender inequality still existing.

"Every woman I know knows it, whether you're in the media, whether you're in the professions, or business or politics, and I don't anything else to do other than just keep forging through it," says Clinton.

"I wish people knew her as well as I do because all this talk of authenticity and can she be trusted would be completely blown away," says Kunin.

Kunin has backed the former Secretary of State since her 2008 presidential campaign.  She says though Sanders voices importance for many of the same issues, Clinton has the experience to invoke change.

"Equal pay for equal work, paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, affordable child care, she's been acting on these public issues all of her public life," says Kunin.  "Hillary also plays well with others, she has the ability to compromise enough to get things done."

Kunin expressed her support for Clinton in an Op-Ed piece published in the Boston Globe Friday.  She also recalled how Sanders has changed.

"He's become a more astute as a politician and I admire how he's gotten the youth vote out and my only hope is that they stay in the game," says Kunin.

Sanders campaigned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Sunday ahead of Tuesday's First in the Nation Primary.

"We work incredibly long hours, 58 percent of all new income goes to the top 1%," said Sanders during a rally.  "She {Clinton} has a Super PAC and she recently according to her reports received $15 million from Wall Street."

"I don't know what's going to happen, I know I'm behind and I'm in good spirits about that  because I love the process," says Clinton.

Remembering her own experience, Kunin says a woman holding the nation's top job is what America needs.  

"Seeing Hillary Clinton raise her right hand to take the oath of office and Bill holding the Bible would send a powerful message, just as Barack Obama sent a message to African Americans," says Kunin.  "This is what we can strive for, this is what we can do."

Clinton stumped in Flint, Michigan Sunday.  She and Sanders will meet there for the next Democratic debate in March.   

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