The former top adviser to Hillary Clinton said Thursday that her campaign was too old for the presidency and that she “couldn’t even write a sentence” in English.
In an interview with the New York Times, Heather Podesta said she was too older to run for president and that her “explanation” was that she was not able to work the same way that her older colleagues did.
The interview came on the heels of an ABC News interview in which Podesta said the campaign was “too old” to run and that the Democratic Party needed to “change its name.”
Podesta said she “would not be doing the same thing” that her predecessors did and said she had not decided on her next steps, adding that the only time she had been able to run was when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in August.
In the interview, Podesta, who is married to former President Bill Clinton, said that when she went into treatment for lung cancer she did not know her husband was the father of her child.
She said that she didn’t know whether Bill Clinton would support her candidacy, but that she did know she would not be able to do the same job she had done before.
She said the only thing she could do was “write a sentence.”
“I could have just said I’m not going to do it because I know what I’m going through,” Podesta said.
“I didn’t want to give up.”
The interview comes on the same day the campaign is releasing a video that highlights the challenges Clinton has faced in her own campaign, which has faced criticism from some for its lack of enthusiasm.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says the video is part of his effort to convince Americans to vote for him.
“The fact that we’ve got a campaign that is running on a platform of making the case for Hillary is just astounding,” he said.