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Awkward Audio: Hillary Clinton Snaps at NPR Host When Pressed on the ‘Evolution’ of Her Gay Marriage Views


"No, I don’t think you are trying to clarify."

Hillary Rodham Clinton, holding her hand hear her face, speaks to a group of supporters and University of Miami students, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the university in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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.

Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Clinton says what is happening in Iraq is “a dreadful, deteriorating situation.” The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender weighed in Thursday on the al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's capture of key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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.

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