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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted her interview with Hillary Clinton on Thursday by showing a viral video of a baby panda sneezing.

“Welcome back,” Maddow said after returning from a commercial break. “My interview with Secretary Hillary Clinton is subject to a brief interruption because of this important video of a sneezing panda.”

Maddow then proceeded to show Clinton footage of a baby panda sneezing and startling his mother, noting that the video has been viewed over 200 million times.

“Madam Secretary, one of the things that you deal with in a surprisingly straightforward way in your new book is that people are obsessed with your human nature,” covering the reasons why she wanted to be president to the “really human stuff,” while Clinton laughed.

Maddow then mentioned “the panda principle” from Clinton’s new book and proceeded to read a portion of the book.”

“Pandas just live their lives. They eat bamboo. They play with their kids but for some reason, people love watching pandas hoping for something,–anything –to happen,” said Maddow.

“It is true, people ask me these questions all the time,” Clinton said. “And I thought well, you know what? I just want to embrace it and go ahead and tell you what I have for breakfast and all the rest of it and maybe it will give people a little bit of satisfaction that they know me better than they thought they did.”

Clinton has made numerous appearances this week to promote her new book “What Happened” as she tries to explain why she lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

So far it’s been more of a blame game scenario, with Clinton pointing the finger at Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt), Joe Biden and James Comey for his infamous memo just prior to the election, while she remains virtually blame-free for losing an election that Democrats and the media thought she had locked up.

 Maddow’s assessment after the interview was that Clinton’s career as a politician is far from over.
“She is definitely still in the arena,” Maddow said. “So, she’s — this is not a retired politician.”

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