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Kay Hagan expresses hope for woman nominee in 2016

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is featured in an ABC News broadcast airing Thursday evening about the record number of female senators that take office today. The Democrat joined 19 of the 20 women for an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Hagan gets far less airtime than some of her colleagues, according to a transcript, but at one point expressed hope there will be a woman nominee for president in 2016.

Responding to the topic about women serving in Congress, Hagan said: "Diane, on-- on that point I think if you look at research women tend to be mentored and encouraged to run for office-- versus-- our male counterparts who just tend to jump
right in. There could be some disagreement here. But I think when-- when-- it's an opportunity whenever I speak to school groups and in particular any sort of groups with young women in it I've always encouraged them, "I am recruiting you right now to run for office whether it's the local school board, county commissioner, city council all the way up to-- to federal office-- Senate, House, president." It is critical that we, as Senator Landrieu said, encourage young women to take that next step and actually file and run for office."

The interview airs on "World News" and "Nightline."

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