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June 12th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Clinton spars with NPR host over her evolution on same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and NPR's Terry Gross got into a rather heated discussion in an interview on "Fresh Air."

Gross peppered Clinton about her position on same sex marriage, asking whether personal feelings or politics caused her to change her stance on it.

Clinton pushed back, and that's when things got a little uncomfortable.

"You know I really, I have to say, I think you being very persistent, but you are playing with my words and playing with what is such an important issue," said Clinton.

"I'm just trying to clarify so I can understand –," said Gross.

"No, I don't think you are trying to clarify. I think you're trying to say I was opposed, and now I'm for it, and I did it for political reasons, and that's just flat wrong," said Clinton.

"She sounds not quite ready for prime time in these moments where she has to get hard questions," says CNN political analyst and Politico writer Maggie Haberman.

"The line of inquiry on gay marriage was a legitimate one, she has not talked about this and why she changed her position," said Haberman.

"We're seeing a politician who for a long time has been able to operate and hover above the national political scene, and not have to engage with reporters in this way," says The Washington Post's Robert Costa.

"Questions about her preparation are evident now, in the way she handled this exchange," said Costa. "For her to so easily let Gross get under her skin, I think it's revealing."

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