- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee for president in 2016, told a German magazine that America had some catching up to do when it comes to electing female leaders — especially when it comes to selecting female leaders to lead an entire nation.

“We are way behind you in Germany on this,” the former secretary of state told the magazine, which is set to publish the interview Wednesday, Reuters reported. She was referring to Germany’s leading politician, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the failure of America to so far elect a woman to the highest White House office.

“Of course I want the U.S.A. to have a woman leader soon, and I will do all I can for that to happen — though I don’t know yet if it will be me,” she said, Reuters reported.

Mrs. Clinton also took opportunity to align herself with Germany in its national outrage over U.S. spying on Ms. Merkel’s private mobile phone conversations.

“I would be as furious as the Germans are,” she said, Reuters reported. “I would demand that my friend and ally stop eavesdropping immediately.”

At the same time, Mrs. Clinton declined to throw her support behind an American-German “no-spy agreement,” arguing it would be too rigid.

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