Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE says she may follow up her historic moment as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party by adding another woman to her ticket.

“I’m looking at the most qualified people and that includes women, of course,” she told host Anderson Cooper on CNN.


Clinton on Wednesday said she considers merit over gender in her search for a running mate.

“I want to be sure that whoever I pick for vice president is ready to be president immediately," she said. "It doesn’t matter to me who the person is as long as that person can really do the job that is required.”

Clinton said she plans on making her running mate choice public before the Democratic National Convention next month.

“We’ll have it done by the convention,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said. "I’m not going to speculate how much before the convention it is going to be completed.”

Clinton on Monday crossed the 2,382 delegate threshold necessary to clinch her party's nomination. She capped off the groundbreaking moment the following night with a victory in California’s primary.

Clinton on Wednesday said she understands Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 MORE’s reluctance to capitulate despite trailing her in both delegates and the popular vote.

“I know how it feels to have waged a hard-fought campaign and fall short,” she said. "I really, totally respect their feelings. I’m looking forward to working with him to achieve our common goal, which is to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE.

“We’re going to be working to make sure we have a unified party going into the convention. A lot of his supporters and our supporters have the same goal. We may have approached it somewhat differently, but our goals are the same."