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Hillary: HBO's 'Veep' Is Actually Helping My Campaign

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Hillary Clinton credits Hollywood with making her second run for the presidency easier than her first, thanks to recent on-screen portrayals of women in politics.

The popularity of shows like Veep and Madam Secretary—which portray a woman as president and secretary of state, respectively—have helped open voters' minds to a woman running the country, Clinton told The Des Moines Register. Clinton points to a significant cultural shift that has occurred since her 2008 bid for office, due in part to these and other shows. Clinton tells the Register:

A lot of different cultural references, which I find both fascinating and kind of reinforcing, because it does take a leap of faith, of imagination, for people to envision a woman in the Oval Office, and oftentimes culture, entertainment is ahead of the political system in lots of ways.

While Clinton largely avoided addressing the gender barrier in her previous campaign, she says she now feels more confident about addressing the issue as a central theme now. She also believes that people are more interested in hearing about it, thanks in part to Hollywood helping to further the dialogue.

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Hillary will be returning to Los Angeles later this week for another round of fundraising, so we can expect to hear her thanking Hollywood again soon. We're still just waiting for Katy Perry to write that campaign song that she promised.

In the meantime, if you haven't been keeping up with Veep, you can see how the show's star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, handles the Oval Office in the latest season that just wrapped: