“I do think it’s important. I don’t know the exact timing of it or who that might be, but my friend Michelle Bachelet was just reelected president in Chile, Dilma Rousseff, who I admire greatly, is president of Brazil, Angela Merkel is probably the most important leader in Europe if not beyond.
It matters. It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, and of course I want to see a woman in the White House. Because, if I look at my friends and former colleagues who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators on both sides of the aisle who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and debt limit debate. They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that.”