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Hillary Clinton says New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ‘had too much pot brownie’

Hillary Clinton has joked that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ‘had too much pot brownie’ after Dowd wrote that the Democrats had not had a male/female combination for the president and vice president in 36 years.

Dowd’s article, published on Saturday in the NYT, mused over Joe Biden’s potential running mate. Biden has promised to choose a woman, and he is due to announce his decision imminently.

California Senator Kamala Harris, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, are all believed to be in the running, among others. 

‘It’s hard to fathom, but it has been 36 years since a man chose to put a woman on the Democratic ticket with him, writes @MaureenDowd,’ the newspaper tweeted from the @nytopinion account.

Clinton, who chose a man – Senator Tim Kaine – as her running mate during her 2016 bid for the White House, was quick to respond.

‘Either @timkaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again,’ she tweeted. 

In 2014 Dowd wrote a series of articles about recreational cannabis, including a feature about smoking marijuana with country music legend Willie Nelson. 

Dowd, 68, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for her columns detailing the Monica Lewinsky affair. 

Dowd’s column centered around Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 was the first female vice presidential candidate for a major American political party.

Ferraro and Walter Mondale, the Democratic candidates, lost in a landslide to former president Ronald Reagan.

Supporters of Dowd noted that she wrote about a man choosing a woman as vice president – which would, of course, not apply to Clinton. 

A correction note acknowledging the error was placed at the end of Dowd’s column.

‘An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated the history of the Democratic ticket,’ it reads. 

‘It has been 36 years since a man chose a woman to run as his vice-president on the Democratic ticket, not 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket.’

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