NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton snapped at National Public Radio’s Terry Gross during an interview on Thursday after she pressed her on the “evolution” of her gay marriage views.
Clinton accused Gross of “playing with my words” in a tense exchange during an interview broadcast Thursday. The former secretary of state defended her embrace of gay marriage, denying that she declined to support it in the past for political reasons.
Gross repeatedly asked Clinton whether she had changed her opinion on same-sex marriage or whether the public’s evolving views on the subject allowed her to be supportive.
“I’m just trying to clarify so I can understand,” the NPR host said.
“No, I don’t think you are trying to clarify. I think you’re trying to say I used to be opposed and now I’m in favor and I did it for political reasons, and that’s just flat wrong,” Clinton shot back.
“So let me just state what I feel like you are implying and repudiate it: I have a strong record, I have a great commitment to this issue, and I am proud of what I’ve done and the progress we’re making,” she added.
The former secretary of state backed gay marriage starting just last year after she left the State Department.
It followed President Barack Obama’s announcement during the 2012 presidential campaign that he supported gay marriage.