September 12, 2017 19:22 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Clinton goes on and on about how Bernie hurt her

Clinton goes on and on about how Bernie hurt her

Hillary Clinton isn't just mad at Bernie Sanders for the tenor of his campaign, but the length of it too.

Hillary Clinton isn't just mad at Bernie Sanders for the tenor of his campaign, but the length of it too. 

As her new book, What Happened, was released Tuesday, Clinton told the hosts of the Pod Save America podcast that she wished the independent from Vermont, running for the Democratic nomination, had dropped out sooner. 

She compared the conclusion of the 2016 primary to the one she ran against President Obama in 2008. 

'Once it was over, it was over and I quickly endorsed President Obama ... I didn't get anything like that respect from Sanders and his supporters,' she noted. 'And it hurt, you know, to have basically captured the nomination, ending up with more than 4 million votes than he had – but he dragged it out.'

Clinton's comments come at the same time Rasmussen Reports found that 61 percent of likely voters said it was time for the former first lady, senator and secretary of state to retire.   

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Hillary Clinton (pictured) again knocked Sen. Bernie Sanders during an interview for the Pod Save America podcast, which was released on Tuesday
Hillary Clinton again knocked Sen. Bernie Sanders (pictured) during an interview for the Pod Save America podcast, which was released on Tuesday

Hillary Clinton (left) again knocked Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) during an interview for the Pod Save America podcast, which was released on Tuesday 

By the time the general election came around, Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) stumped for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (left) 

By the time the general election came around, Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) stumped for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (left) 

Of course, Republicans agreed to that statement over Democrats, 83 percent to 36 percent, but even along gender lines, 53 percent of women said it was time for Clinton, the country's first female major party nominee, to go. 

Clinton has no plans to go away, as she booked on the Today Show and The View tomorrow and heads to Stephen Colbert's The Late Show on September 19. 

On Monday she'll also kick off her 15-city ticketed book tour, Hillary Clinton Live, with stop No. 1 being Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre, just down the street from the White House.  

For the Pod Save America podcast she spoke to alumni from the Obama administration, including Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, and talked about her behavior at the conclusion of the 2008 Democratic primary. 

'I worked really hard to get him elected,' she said. 'I was still arguing with my supporters at the Denver convention, telling people, "Don't be ridiculous, you've got to vote for Senator Obama," at the time. And I was thrilled when he got elected.'  

She then pivoted to Sanders, who the podcast hosts had asked about.   

 'And he was so reluctant,' Clinton said. 

Clinton, however, has a point. 

Sanders' last hope to rout the former secretary of state from winning the Democratic nomination was in California, which had a primary on June 7. 

In advance of that, Sanders and his motorcade went all throughout the state, attracting tens of thousands in terms of crowds. But Clinton went on to to win the state by about 7 points. 

After that, Sanders flew home to Vermont and there was speculation he would drop out then. 

He didn't. 

He traveled to Washington, D.C., and met with President Obama, who gave his endorsement to Clinton. 

Sanders also didn't drop out then. 

It took until July 12 for him to finally appear in New Hampshire alongside Clinton and throw her his support.

It appeared so absurd that the Onion marked this long road to closing out the Democratic primary by headlining a story from that day: 'Bernie Sanders Agrees To Drop Out Of Race In Exchange For 13-Hour Speaking Slot At Convention.'

Clinton watchers were already aware that Sanders was going to be in her crosshairs thanks to a tweet last week from journalist and CauseWired founder Tom Watson, which included a page of her book.

In that excerpt, Clinton wasn't bemoaning Sanders' long goodbye, but rather his political attacks, which were later used against her by now President Donald Trump. 

During the primary Sanders would often hint that Clinton taking donations from Wall Streets and other corporations meant that she was corrupt or doing their bidding.  

'When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution he couldn't come up with anything,' Clinton noted.

'Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's "Crooked Hillary" campaign,' she said. 

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