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February 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton supporters clash with young females, Sanders supporters

Essential question

How does a candidate’s public image play a role in how voters decide who they want to be president?

Hillary Clinton found herself navigating controversy this week stemming from comments made by her supporters.

“There are some that are out there that don’t understand the importance of why young women have to support Hillary Clinton,” former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said as she introduced Clinton at a campaign event on Saturday.  “(Y)ou have to help Hillary Clinton … And just remember, there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Separately, feminist activist Gloria Steinem told comedian Bill Maher on Friday that young women are flocking to Bernie Sanders events to find dates. “When you’re young, you’re thinking ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem said.

The remarks angered many younger female voters, who accused Albright and Steinem of undermining feminism with their remarks.

“Trying to shame women into supporting a woman is not usually the best way to entice someone,” said Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.

Similar generational divisions between feminists played out in 2008, when Clinton last ran for president, according to NPR reporter Tamara Keith.

Former President Bill Clinton also drew criticism from supporters of his wife’s opponent Bernie Sanders, who is expected to win Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Bill Clinton went after Sanders during a rally Sunday night, saying he has not been subject to the same level of scrutiny as Hillary.

Key terms

New Hampshire primary — the first in a series of national party primary elections (and the second party contest after the Iowa caucuses) which are part of the process of choosing delegates to the democratic and republican national conventions where each party’s nominee for president is chosen

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. What state holds the first primary election in the presidential race?
  2. Which Democratic and Republican candidates are ahead in the polls in New Hampshire?
  3. What factors do voters look for in a president?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Do you think age or gender plays a role in the presidential election? Explain.
  2. Well-known feminists former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem criticized younger women for failing to support Hillary Clinton in this election. Why do you think Albright and Steinem made these remarks? Do you think some young women voters are justified in their upset with the Clinton campaign?
  3. Do you agree with Bill Clinton’s criticism of Bernie Sanders that he has not received the same level of scrutiny as Hillary Clinton? Explain.
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