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How a six-year-old left Hillary Clinton speechless

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It took a six-year-old to leave Hillary Clinton speechless on her future political plans.

The former first lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State, who after Tuesday is officially “thinking” about running for president, did not have an answer to a final question from an elementary schooler who inquired about the most pressing political mystery – with a new twist.

“In 2016, would you prefer to be called Madam President or Mrs. President?” the child asked through a moderator at an event in Portland, Ore.

(Okay, for the sticklers, yes, 2017 would be the year for such choices  — but the kid is 6 and delightfully precocious.)

Applause and laughter followed, as Clinton sat smiling, but never answering. She leaned into the moderator and said it was a really good question. As she got up and walked off stage, she paused, looked at the audience and offered an exaggerated shrug.

To the young questioner, the Loop believes you have a promising future in political journalism.


Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.



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