Madeleine Albright explains comment about female Bernie Sanders supporters

Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton talk during the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the State Department in Washington.

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took to the New York Times op-ed page on Friday to explain her recent, critical remarks of young, female Bernie Sanders supporters. As a former diplomat, Albright wrote apologetically, she should "know better" than to tell a large group of women to "go to hell."

At a New Hampshire primary campaign event last weekend in support of Hillary Clinton, Albright repeated her famous line that "there's a special place in hell" for women who don't support other women.

"I absolutely believe what I said, that women should help one another, but this was the wrong context and the wrong time to use that line," Albright wrote in the Times. "I did not mean to argue that women should support a particular candidate based solely on gender."

The former stateswoman also warned that "if we do not pay careful attention to this history, the gains we have fought so hard for could be lost, and we could move backward."

She made the case that the ongoing fight for gender equality would be easier with a woman in the White House.

Clinton was asked about the remarks in Thursday night's debate, and she insisted that she's happy to see young women in engaged in politics, regardless of who they vote for. However, she added, "I feel very strongly that I have an agenda, I have a record that really does respond to a lot of the specific needs that the women in our country face."