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“I don’t really distinguish whether it’s a male candidate or a female candidate. I think our country is ready for a female president but you don’t have to be a female candidate [to care about issues that matter],” Jarrett said in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Examiner.
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In discussing the 2020 hopefuls, Jarrett added that she wants “a candidate who will go out there and earn it.”
She also said that Democratic candidates shouldn’t “beat each other up” during the primaries, and that doing so could hurt them in the general election.
Jarrett recently told BuzzFeed News that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE would “make a terrific president,” but said she would support the Democrat that wins nomination.
“Whoever wins the primary, I will work my butt off to make sure they win the general election,” she said.