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Clinton tells Miami mayor Adele is her jam, but classical is nice, too

Fans of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Fla., on  March 10. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

MIAMI -- Adele is Hillary Clinton's "go-to" music choice, she said Thursday, but classical is good for getting some work done.

“I’m currently into Adele. That is my go-to voice,” Clinton said of the ubiquitous British neo-soul singer. “I have such a huge admiration for her skills, her ability, and her personality.”

The Democratic presidential front-runner was asked during an interview on SiriusXM what music she would play if she had her own radio channel.

Clinton's other favorites included singer Sheryl Crow, a supporter, classic rock-and-roll, and “soothing” classical music for days when she's buried in paperwork, she told Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on an episode of his new SiriusXM show “The Mayor” airing Thursday.

Levine also asked Clinton about her comment during Wednesday night’s Washington Post/Univision debate that she is not "a natural politician" like former president Bill Clinton or President Obama.

“This is harder for me. I admire the skills my husband and President Obama have. They’re charismatic and they’re compelling and they’re great orators,” she said.

Clinton is often criticized and sometimes parodied for being stiff or scripted in public.  So be it, she seemed to say Thursday.

“I do get up every day and say, ‘What can I do to try make someone’s life better? How do I make someone’s life better.' "

In the context, Clinton mentioned the woman from Guatemala who emotionally told Clinton during the debate that her family was separated because her husband had been deported.

“She came up to talk to me afterwards and I gave her a big hug," Clinton said. "She wanted to tell me how proud she was of her children and how well they were doing. ... She said with this really sweet look on her face, ‘And now, they are taking violin lessons.’ And I just wish more people would understand that we have so much in common with those who may look different, who may worship differently, who may love differently, who may come from a different place.”