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Watch Stephen Colbert Quiz Hillary Clinton on What She Has in Common With Donald Trump

April 19, 2016, 10:42 AM UTC

As she continues to woo New York voters ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton visited a New York City institution with comedian Stephen Colbert in appearance on the Late Show Monday night.

Their lighthearted conversation at Manhattan’s Carnegie Deli that repeatedly focused on Clinton’s eating habits—she got flack last week for turning down a bite at Junior’s Cheesecake, a Brooklyn staple—took only one serious turn when Colbert asked the Democratic frontrunner what she has in common with Donald Trump, who’s the leading candidate for the Republican nomination.

“What do you have in common with your likely opponent Donald Trump. Other than the fact you both have beautiful daughters and you were both at his wedding,” Colbert said.

Clinton replied, “I’m just not sure yet. I’m just not sure what I have in common with him.”


She then segued into how she would broker compromise on Capitol Hill. “[W]hen you are President and you’re working with the Congress, there are lots of opportunities to find common ground.” She said that if she wins the general election, she won’t be intimidated by Congressional Republicans who, Colbert said, will be waiting for her with a “meat slicer.”

“When I actually have a job as opposed to run for a job, I actually get things done with the Republicans. I did, as First Lady, as Senator, as Secretary of State,” she said. “This is just one of those efforts you just have to get up and work on every single day. You have to be willing to find whatever common ground exists and try to make something happen.”

The battle between Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for a victory in the New York primary has been especially fierce since the state is familiar turf for both politicians. Sanders was born in Brooklyn and Clinton represented the state in the Senate, prompting many comparisons of their New York-ness.

Regardless of which candidate has the most authentic New York accent (Sanders) or who’s the most adept at navigating New York City’s public transportation (Clinton, just barely), the former Secretary of State is projected to win the primary Tuesday—by a long shot.