BROOKLINE (KDKA) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was in Pittsburgh on Sunday morning.
She met with Clinton supporters in Brookline and spoke about the importance of the upcoming election in an exclusive interview with KDKA-TV Political Editor Jon Delano.
Nearly 100 Clinton volunteers crammed into a campaign headquarters to hear Albright encourage get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Clinton.
“People often ask me if I’m an optimist or a pessimist. I’m an optimist who worries a lot,” Albright told the volunteers.
Albright, now 79 and the first woman Secretary of State under President Clinton, says she owes that title to Hillary Clinton.
“That’s what President Clinton said, and he said so publicly that at a time when people were wondering who would be Secretary of State during the second term, that she regularly came to him and said, ‘Why wouldn’t you name Madeleine?’” Albright said. “So I’m very grateful to her.”
In a sit-down interview, Albright said Clinton is the best prepared to be president and worries that Donald Trump will hurt the U.S. internationally.
“It requires somebody that actually not only knows where the countries are, but understand what the intricacies are and somebody with a steady hand and a steady temperament,” Albright said. “And Donald Trump doesn’t have any of those things, and I am quite stunned, if I may say so, that in fact he has made statements already that are dangerous for the United States.”
And she sees Russian hacking of American emails as a deliberate undermining of democracy.
“They have been systematically undermining democracy in Europe in a number of ways, and I am worried about it,” she said.
Politically, Albright says Pittsburgh will determine if America gets its first woman president.
“Pittsburgh is key in so many ways, as is Pennsylvania,” she said.
Obviously, Secretary Albright’s visit to Pittsburgh on a Sunday morning was designed to encourage Clinton volunteers to get out and work hard during the remaining weeks of this campaign, and it appears to be working.