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Hillary Clinton shares her mother's best advice

Scott Pelley spoke with Hillary Clinton about the remarkable life of her mother Dorothy Rodham, who ran away from an abusive home at the age of 14
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LAS VEGAS -- Last week, CBS News went home to Brooklyn with Bernie Sanders to talk about what formed his character.

On Thursday, we asked Secretary Clinton about the remarkable life of her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who ran away from an abusive home at the age of 14 and made her own way through the Great Depression. Mrs. Rodham died in 2011 at the age of 92.

Hillary Clinton and her mother, Dorothy Rodham, on the campaign trail in 2008

"How much of what we're hearing is your mother? Which words are her words," Pelley asked.

"A lot of it is. I wish she was still here. She was in 2008, she gave me a lot of support. She was also a great mirror," Clinton said.

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Later, Pelley asked Clinton to tell a story about her mother from her childhood that shaped her life. Clinton revealed that she was actually very shy and bullied as a child, but her mother helped her stand up for herself.

"I would go outside to play and I would get knocked down and pushed around by all the little kids," Clinton said.

"I ran back [in the house] crying, and my mother met me at the door. And she said,'There is no room for cowards in this house. You go right back out there and stand up for yourself,'" Clinton explained.

"So I came back out, and I said 'I am not going to run inside the house. I'm here. I want to play.' Literally, they formed a circle, and this one girl who had been so mean to me, came over and she pushed me. I just pushed her right back, and she was so surprised," she continued.

Dorothy Rodham Hillary Clinton

"They all just looked and me, and they said 'Okay.' So I played that day, and every day after that. But if my mother had not met me, and had not given me that tough love that I think every kid needs at some point in his or her life, my life might have been very different."

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