Clinton works to win over women voters

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton pivot toward the general election, both have redoubled their appeals to women voters. While Clinton spent the day discussing family issues in Virginia, Trump took to the stage to decry Clinton as the “enabler” of her husband’s infidelities. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would step down as co-chair of the RNC if Trump asked. John Yang reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Now to the race for the White House and one major divide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: how they will approach women voters.

    John Yang reports.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratc Presidential Candidate: How are you?

  • MAN:

    I'm doing well. How are you?

  • HILLARY CLINTON:

    Good.

  • JOHN YANG:

    For Hillary Clinton, this is what a pivot to the general election looks like. Looking beyond tomorrow's West Virginia primary, the Democratic front-runner was talking family issues in Virginia.

  • HILLARY CLINTON:

    I would like to see us look at universal pre-K in the school system. Then we need to take a hard look at how we have a child care system that does provide quality child care at an affordable cost.

  • JOHN YANG:

    It's not just that rival Bernie Sanders is favored in West Virginia.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Don't let anybody tell you this campaign is over.

  • JOHN YANG:

    It's that this bedroom community outside Washington, D.C., is likely to be a key battleground in November. One challenge for the candidate who wants to be the first woman president? Winning the votes of suburban women, like Amy Fitzgerald of Chantilly, Virginia. She voted for Clinton in the primary, but says the former secretary of state doesn't understand the challenges of her life.

  • AMY FITZGERALD, Northern Virginia Resident:

    It's like she's a puppet. Like I said, it's like somebody is handing her a piece of paper and says, OK, this is what America wants to hear. This is what you need to say. And it's not really, truly coming from her heart.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Mary McLean twice voted for Barack Obama and then for Donald Trump in Virginia's primary. Now she says she hoping for a third candidate.

  • MARY MCLEAN, Northern Virginia Resident:

    When it comes to Hillary Clinton, I think — I get the impression, as much as she champion's women's rights and the rights — the importance of family, say was, I would say, in the pockets of big banks when it came to the bailout.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Clinton's focus today on suburban women in this swing county in a swing state is part of her general election strategy, trying to win over independents and Republicans uncomfortable with Donald Trump.

    Over the weekend, Trump criticize Clinton over her husband's infidelities.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: And Hillary was an enabler, and she treated women horribly. Just remember this. And some of those women were destroyed, not by him, but by the way that Hillary Clinton treated them after everything went down.

  • JOHN YANG:

    The all-but-certain Republican nominee has also been waging verbal warfare with party leaders.

    Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan seemed to try to ease tensions with Trump, telling The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would step down as co-chairman of this July's Republican Convention if that's what Trump wants. "He's the nominee. I will do whatever he wants with respect to the convention."

    Trump is also looking ahead, today naming former rival-turned-supporter Chris Christie to head the transition team for a potential administration.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang in Stone Ridge, Virginia.

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