Hillary: I'm Not Establishment Because I'm a Woman

"I am not going to make promises I can’t keep."

During the MSNBC Democrat debate on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton explained that she is not an "establishment" candidate because she is a woman.

Clinton's statements were in response to challenger Bernie Sanders who told the audience,

"Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment. I represent, I hope, ordinary Americans and by the way who are not all that enamored with the establishment but I am very proud to have people like Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva in the House, the co-chairman of the House Progressive caucus.”

To which Hillary responded,

“Well look, I’ve got to just jump in here because, honestly, Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president as exemplifying the establishment. And I’ve got to tell you that it is… really quite amusing to me.”

Clinton continued,

“People support me because they know me, they know my life’s work, they have worked with me, and many have worked with Senator Sanders. And at the end of the day they endorse me because they know I can get things done. I am not going to make promises I can’t keep. I am not going to talk about big ideas like single payer [health care] and then not level with people about how much it will cost.

“A respected health economist said these plans would cost a trillion dollars more a year. I’m not going to tell people that I will raise your incomes and not your taxes, and not mean it. Because I don’t want to see the kind of struggle that the middle class is going through exemplified by these promises.”