Andrea Mitchell expressed how devastating it was to watch Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) end her presidential campaign Thursday, leaving only two “older white men” in the primary when the race started with diversity. Mitchell said it was “so emotional for me” to watch Warren lament that the little girls she made pinky promises with will have to wait at least four more years for a woman president. This prompted the NBC correspondent to ask her guest Warren supporter Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) how long it will take for a woman to be nominated or elected. “I was covering Hillary Clinton when she talked about all the millions of cracks in the glass ceiling. How long is it going to take for a woman to be nominated by a major party and then elected president?” the reporter asked. “I can’t answer that question. I hope it is sooner than it is later,” Spanberger answered. Highlights of Mitchell’s interview:
ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: What is your reaction to Elizabeth Warren, a 70-year-old woman, dropping out of the race, leaving two older men, older white men in this race with all the diversity that began on the debate stages back in June? REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER (D-VA): Well, I just had the opportunity to listen to the questions that she was answering that you had on your broadcast and I think what is most salient is just how passionate Elizabeth Warren has been throughout the entirety of her campaign and frankly before she even launched her campaign during her time in the Senate and I think that it is important to focus on what she brought to the race, what the other women who were also in the race brought to this race. She spoke about the little girls who made the pinky promises. And that really touched me. I am one of three daughters, I have three daughters. And every time I saw a picture of Elizabeth Warren giving a pinky promise with a little girl and there was a little girl able to see that woman is running for president, and if it was Amy Klobuchar or Kamala Harris saying these women are running for president, it’s powerful. And so I think that her presence in the race has been powerful for so many reasons and I’m appreciative that she ran. MITCHELL: Well, Congresswoman, you brought up exactly a moment that was so emotional for me frankly and for a lot of others watching. Let me play part of it. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years. That’s going to be hard. MITCHELL: You know, I was covering Hillary Clinton when she talked about all the millions of cracks in the glass ceiling. How long is it going to take for a woman to be nominated by a major party and then elected president? SPANBERGER: I can’t answer that question. I hope it is sooner than it is later.