Clinton: 'Pure partisanship' harming political system

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday night that the next election will set the stage for "a lot of what can and should be done."

Addressing a crowd at the Women in the World Summit in New York, Clinton said the partisanship of the nation's political system is causing the country to march backward in time. 

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"There is just pure ideology, pure partisanship," she said, according to reports. "We disguise a commercial interest behind a political facade, and the result is that we're kind of marching backwards instead of forward."

She added: "We have an election coming up this year. And we ought to be paying attention to that because that will set the parameters for a lot of what can and should be done."

She largely resisted talking about her own political future; Clinton is considered a likely candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. 

"You run the best race you can run; you hand off the baton," she said of her time at the State Department. "Some of what hasn't been finished may go on to be finished."

Clinton cautioned there is a double standard in politics between men and women, and blamed the media as one of the main drivers. Striking a popular refrain, she said woman must develop a thick skin. 

"The double standard is alive and well, and I think, in many respects, the media is the principle propagator of its persistence,” she said.

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